Firstly, I must thank you for your support during what has been a difficult week. The decision to close a school is never taken lightly but, as you are aware, the local authority recommended that we close on grounds of health and safety. I completely understand that this puts an immediate pressure on you as families when you have to make the necessary child-care arrangements but I hope you appreciate the difficult position we found ourselves in.
I know pupils had big smiles on their faces as they left school on Wednesday knowing that they had an unplanned long weekend but this, for many was tinged with disappointment as they realised they were going to miss the Eisteddfod. Over the past few weeks, pupils and staff have spent many hours preparing for this and it would be a shame not to rearrange this. I plan to meet with colleagues on Monday and will let you know of arrangements for a new date through our social media feeds and the next edition of this blog (Friday 9th March).
As many of you are aware, I hold ‘open meetings’ for parents and carers where there is the opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of our provision in an open forum. The next meeting will take place at 6pm on Tuesday 20th March (lower school hall). Whilst the agenda for this meeting is determined by the parents and carers who attend, I would like to discuss how we can gather support for a programme of fundraising as we seek to develop our facilities in school. Please remember, you are free to contact me at any time should there be an issue which you would like to discuss but which you feel is not appropriate for an open forum.
It seems strange to be talking about the summer now but I feel it is important to give you as much notice as possible about arrangements for uniform during this period. Pupils are able to wear a school polo shirt (available from the usual suppliers) but I think it is perfectly reasonable for those pupils who wish to continue to wear their existing shirts during this period should they wish to do so. I will contact you with more detail about the arrangements in the coming weeks but thought you need as much notice as possible should you wish to purchase the additional items.
Once again, thank you for your support. The weather forecast appears to be improving over the next few days but I will put a message on Twitter, Facebook, the school and local authority websites on Sunday afternoon but, at this stage, I fully expect the school to be open on Monday.
Finally, the photo of the week shows some of our year 7 meteorologists who accurately predicted the snow days before anyone else!