Wednesday 1st April - not a day for fooling around!

Date: 1st Apr 2020 @ 4:48pm

It’s funny when something pops up on your online diary reminding you of what was supposed to be happening, before this global pandemic hit.  Mad Science Assembly. Parents Evening, learning reviews for the children.  My own Performance Management review with the Governing Body!  Priorities have changed for everyone in all aspects of society, education included.

As we’re sure everyone will appreciate, we are currently dealing with a complex and rapidly changing situation. This is an entirely unprecedented situation, and we are following official advice from the government and public health authorities. We are monitoring and responding to that as it is published. This official advice will underpin all the actions we take. Our priority will always be the health and safety of the pupils and staff in our school. Now more than ever, this remains our primary focus.  We are sure that you will understand that the Parents’ Evenings that were due to take place this week will not be happening at the present time!  Obviously, when things become a little clearer, we will re-evaluate where we are at and make those sort of decisions a little later down the line.

I cannot thank the whole of the Ashton Hayes team enough.  Their focus and commitment to be able to adjust to this new way of working, whilst juggling their own family commitments and also making themselves constantly available to support in school where needed, is a testament to their dedication to the cause. Only now in the room next door, Mr Morris is busy communicating with families, checking in, whilst ensuring that children of key workers have a place to be whilst their parents are on the front line.  I hope that parents and children are enjoying the things that we have set out, through the home-learning emails and via the website modules (website, Blogs etc.) – judging by the responses, comments and sharing of work, it would seem so! I may have to talk to Mr Morris about his April Fools joke though...very funny Mr Morris!

Onwards and upwards.  Best wishes everyone. And if you haven't seen it on Facebook, have a look at Ashtonory Episode 4 below.

Mr Hover