Please remember that the last day of the Spring Term for children is Wednesday 31st March. There is a staff day for professional development on Thursday 1st April. The first day of the Summer Term for all children is Monday 19th April.
A number of times each week, I receive a communication from Katie Fitzsimmons who is the Director of Education for the Diocese of Truro. The Diocese are highly involved and instrumental in the work that we do at school and I take great comfort from the words that Katie often shares in amongst the messages that we need to hear as leaders.
Today she reminded us that 365 days ago she wrote to us to say, 'know that you are not alone and you are loved'. Those words helped me then and they helped me even more today as we stopped with the children to pause and think about all that has happened in the last year. Katie went on to remind us that although we are changed and challenged by all that we have faced, we are not alone and we are certainly loved.
As a school and as a community of parents facing the challenge of remote, home learning and two closures of the school that we never thought we would see in our lifetimes, we mustn't collectively forget all that we have achieved despite the loss and changes of lifestyle that we have faced in the last year. The children have been amazing! It hasn't all been plain sailing coming back to school, even for those who were able to attend Looe Primary, but I am so proud how the fun, laughter, learning and prayer have once gain filled the school and made it whole again.
I do not often reflect in such a deep manner in my blogs, but with the support of Katie's words and the minute of silence that we shared at midday today, I do feel that it is right to appreciate all that we have come to be and that we have achieved despite the pandemic. We are moving towards Easter, with Passiontide and Holy Week and this is such a special time in school. I was sent to buy hot cross buns today, children have been making chocolate bars as part of their 'big question', 'do chocolate bars grow on trees?', and we are beginning to reflect on the true meaning of this special time of the Christian calendar.
As well as the national prayer for today that I share with you in the image above, I will also share Katie's special prayer too.
“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end: They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Every day is busy day at school packed full of things in which we can rejoice. In amongst all of this, there is sustenance, calm and rest in prayer… We send our love to you all on this National Day of Reflection.
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Trenode is a small but growing primary school situated between Liskeard and Looe. Extensive grounds allow for a range of outdoor learning experiences; we also have spacious indoor facilities, including a music room. A nurturing, family ethos, in mixed-age classes, enables our pupils to be challenged as individuals.
‘Reach beyond your grasp’ is our motto at Trenode. We would like all children to aspire further than they think they can! We are on a ‘Visible Learning’ journey, with the other schools in Bridge Schools, which is empowering our pupils to be able to discuss their learning and progress, understanding their ‘next steps’.
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We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.
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