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Summer Newsletter 14 [Tuesday 20th July]

Dear Parents & Carers

 

Well, we’ve nearly made to the end of the school year! During those dark & dismal January & February days, the lockdown seemed to be stretching out before us with no end in sight. Hopefully, we will all be able to enjoy the summer before returning to some normality at school in September. Fingers crossed…

 

Our Y6 pupils are on the verge of embarking on their next great adventures at Range, Formby &, Greenbank high schools. We wish them all the best for the future – we know they will do us, and their families, proud. Although they have missed out on so much this year,  the last few days have proved what wonderful human beings they are: playing happily for hours with their peers on Formby beach; working as a team to erect the tents for camp night; looking after their classmates if they were feeling a wee bit homesick whilst camping; encouraging each other to push themselves to the limit at Go Outside; dancing like nobody’s watching at the outdoor disco with DJ Alex; cheering & a-whooping & a-hollering whilst encouraging their friends at Woodfest. They truly are the very best of Woodlands.

 

I would like to thank the parents & carers at Woodlands for all their support during this extraordinary year – who’d have thought that 2020-21 would have been more challenging than 2019-20? The partnership between home and school is vital and we know that when this is strong our children will thrive. This has proven to be more important than ever this year. The demands put on families during the lockdown were immense. Home learning expectations were at an unbelievably high level, but as always, Woodlands’ parents & carers rose to the occasion & ensured their children completed the work throughout. We are very fortunate to have such supportive parents & carers at Woodlands; your attitude exemplifies our school motto: Working Together, Achieving More.

 

A few weeks ago, I was taking an assembly with our older pupils & we were talking about people who help us at Woodlands. We were going through all the various groups of people (classmates, teachers, TAs, parents/carers, office staff, Mr Inskip, cleaners, cooks, lollipop person, etc.) when a Y6 pupil put his hand up & said, “The ducks.” To be honest, I wondered whether he was trying to get a laugh from his mates so I asked him to explain. “Well, they make us all feel happy when we watch them.” He couldn’t have spoken truer words – everyone at school has loved watching the ducklings & their mum getting up to their antics in the quad. So I think I need to thank the Mallard family for bringing a smile to everyone’s faces every single day.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to all the members of staff at Woodlands. To put it simply, they have been magnificent. I have said before how I am so lucky to have such an extraordinary staff. They have all been put in situations none of them have had to deal with before. They just got on without a word of complaint & did what they were asked – whether that was directing learning & responding to the children’s work remotely or being in school supporting the critical workers’ children. The way they supported each other throughout the year has been inspiring – the staff WhatsApp group has been a mixture of handy hints for improving home learning, words of encouragement when people were struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel & cat memes, lots of cat memes… Their commitment to the children in their care has been second to none. From our teachers & TAs to our cleaners, from our office staff to Mr Inskip (site manager), from our LWAs (dinner ladies) to our cooks in the kitchen – they have all been wonderful.

 

This week, I don’t have any conversation starters to find out about your children’s learning, but I do have some handy tips for you to ensure your children hit the ground running in September:

  1. make sure they read every day
  2. read to your child
  3. talk to your child about the book they are reading

Please encourage your children to read over the summer – if they say they don’t like books it’s just because they haven’t find the right ones to read yet! There are so many wonderful books & wonderful authors who write about anything & everything – there’s no excuse not to read. It’s so important. Don’t forget you can visit Formby Library to sign up to take part in their summer reading challenge. Research has shown that children who read during the summer actually do better with their reading (& therefore writing & their all-round learning) when they return to school.
 

I must say a final thank you to members of staff who are leaving us tomorrow: Miss Abbott (teacher 3A), Mrs Barnes (TA KS1), Mrs Harris (LWA), Mrs Jones (nursery teacher) & Miss Roberts (TA nursery). They will be missed.

 

The summer term finishes at 2pm on Wednesday 21 July (1.00pm for Y6).

 

I would like to remind you that school begins for the pupils on Thursday 2 September at 08:45. Drop-off & pick-up times will revert to pre-pandemic times:

  • Children to arrive at school for doors opening at 8.45am (when a member of staff will blow a whistle) – we expect the children to be in class, coats off, bags hung up by 8.50am.
  • Nursery pick up at the end of the day is 3pm.
  • Infant classes (Green, Purple & Yellow) pick up is 3.10pm.
  • Junior classes (3G, 3/4M, 4C, 5D. 5/6P & 6R) pick up is 3.20pm.

 
Everyone at school would like to send their best wishes to those families are moving on from Woodlands – it has been a privilege to have you & your children as part of the Woodlands’ family.

 

I hope you all have a good summer.

Take care

KD Williams

Headteacher

Last word

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Jokes about brown sugar… Demarara

Thanks to Olaf Falafel


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