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Please visit the Head's blog frequently for news, information and communications from Trenode Primary Academy.

 


Remote Learning and Mental Health 

We never thought that we would end up at home yet again and for so long when we came back to school in September.  Even for those children attending Looe Primary currently, it has been very different with no more than 10 children in each bubble.  In this last week, we have been talking about our feelings and how we manage them, especially when we cannot easily get to meet our friends, other than online.  It doesn't matter whether you are at home, or at school.  Children's Mental Health Week and the Safer Internet Day run one week after the next this year and we felt that the two subjects complimented each other very well this year.  So we are celebrating both, and hope that all parents and children at home will join in too.

Remote learning is great - if you get it right.  Teachers, Teaching Assistants and staff at school have been talking about how normally we ask you to keep your online life to small amounts and certainly not all day.  Then all of a sudden we are asking you to do exactly that!  Parents have also been telling us that it is hard at home too, to keep going, and home is certainly not school!

So, to extend Children's Mental Health Week into Safer Internet Week (well it's a day normally, but we keep it going for the week), we are going to ask you to do something different.  We would like you all to come online on Wednesday 10th February as normal, or as directed by your teacher and then after a short assembly, we are asking you to turn your technology device off to go and enjoy a day offline - yes a whole day!  We will provide some ideas in case you need any, but all we ask is that you send some pictures and perhaps a few words to show us what you got up to.  Outdoors will be a great place to be if the weather is kind.  What a better thing could you do to take a break from all that time online to have fun and take a mental break from your normal routine.  We will then collect all that we receive together to create a display in school, so that you can find out what everyone did when everyone returns to school.

Mrs David and Miss Pittas will still be available throughout the day, but it's over to you.  Have fun everyone and remember to stay safe when you are online.  We can't wait to see what you all get up to!  Remember too, my favourite word - kindness.  Being kind to someone can be really help your positive mental health and it is just as good for the person receiving your kindness.  Kindness is important online too and we will think about this during the week.

Have a lovey week everyone.  Mrs Waring. 

 


Courageous Advocates 

 "Love you neighbour as yourself"  Mark 12: 29-31.  Courageous advocacy is hard to help the children to understand but we have been helping the children to recognise that life is full of ups and downs and this part has not been difficult given our current circumstances as we travel our way through a global pandemic.  However it is harder for some than for others and we have been talking about how people will face challenges that they will need help and support to overcome.  As Trenode Primary aims to be Deeply Christian and Serve the Common Good, we help the children to develop a love of serving their community.  One of the ways that we can do this is through our charitable work.  It is not just about giving money and having some fun as a thank you; it is about understanding the impact of the donations for others.  With £51.50 raised for Children in Need and a similar amount for Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children, we continue to be proud of all of the work that the children are involved in to develop their understanding of courageous advocacy. Hopefully, they will go on to Serve the Common Good in ways of their own and with full understanding of the love, care and community spirit that this brings.  Well done everyone!

 


Saying Goodbye 

We recently said goodbye to Miss Ann Chudleigh and it was a very sad day to see her go.  Many of those parents who attended Trenode Primary will remember her themselves because Miss Chudleigh has worked in one role or another at the school for 28 years.

She began her career at the School as a cleaner and then became a very valued governor before eventually taking on the role of lunchtime supervisor. Her commitment to the School cannot be questioned and it will be a very different pace without Miss Chudleigh here every day. 

We held a celebration worship to wish Miss Chudleigh good luck for the future and she told us some very interesting stories and some things about the history of the School and its life as a church prior to that.  The children were fascinated and we were able to sing songs and pray with her.  

Miss Chudleigh also presented the school with two beautiful wooden plaques, one for each classroom; they will go up soon and we hope to be able to invite you in to the classroom at some point soon to view them in place.  In our worship, we also began our celebration of good work, learning and kindness by presenting our first Headteacher's awards.  These are given each week to a child from each class and the first 2 certificates were given to Roman and Lexi for their great attitude to work.  All is well at Trenode Primary; the children are working hard and we are enjoying being back together.  It was goodbye to Miss Chudleigh but hopefully we see her again. 

 


A warm welcome back 

It was such a pleasure this morning to welcome all pupils and parents back to school; the first time since lockdown began in March.  The pupils have settled back in remarkably well and are slowly getting used to the new routines and slight changes to their school days.  As I hinted, we found a surprise in school when we returned; there is a 'sneaky peak' of the new arrival in the photo.  We have obviously had some very talented visitors to our school while it has been closed!  More will be revealed as the week goes on, but parents, you may wish to ask all about it when your children come home.

Throughout this week in particular, our emphasis will be on getting used to being back together, on learning how to look after each other in our 'bubbles' and having lots of fun while we get used to writing and settling down to good learning.  If your child comes home with concerns and worries, please do contact us, as what may be a big worry for them, may be very easily solved in school by us.

Despite the fact that we are missing Miss Pittas dreadfully with her broken ankle, we are delighted to welcome Mrs Askew and Mrs Cunliffe; we hope that Kilminorth parents will have met them both by the end of the week.  

Here's to a great new start to the term everyone and thank you for your amazing support.



 


Staying safe online 

Many of us are online a lot more at the moment, and while there are many benefits to this method of communication, there are also cautions too. 

Please visit our online safety resources page for tips using various games/platforms.

 


Update on Covid-19 Information 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are sure that, like us, you have lots of questions following the Prime Minister's announcement last night.
At the moment, for us in school, there is no change to the guidance, so we will be continuing to operate as we have over the last few weeks. We will continue to provide essential child care for key worker families as well as vulnerable children.
The message remains that it is safer to stay at home.
We appreciate this is a confusing time. Once we have received further information and reviewed the guidance on how to manage a safe, phased return we will of course keep you informed.
 
Please stay safe and take care.
Kindest regards
Mrs Waring 

 


VE DAY 

A day like no other



It has been a while since I posted a blog, but that does not mean that I have not been thinking of you.  Although Trenode Primary is closed sadly, we are still seeing a small number of the children who come to Looe for a few days each week and Miss Pittas and Mrs David have been letting me know about all that you have been getting up to in lockdown.

As you can see, we have been enjoying the company of these two lovely young people and today was a special day as we were able to celebrate VE Day.  This was a real treat with 11 children in school; we would not have been able to commemorate and celebrate with any children were we not in the situation in which we currently find ourselves.  We decorated biscuits, made bunting, made crispy cakes, held the two minutes silence and chalked images of soldiers on the walls outside.

I would like to say thank you especially to Miss Pittas and Mrs David for the care and support that they are providing to you every day.  It is so hard given that they cannot easily contact you.  However, we are all grateful for the wonderful pictures and contacts that have been coming in.

Please do not forget that we are here for you and that Looe Primary continues to be available for you on a daily basis if you are a care worker or need support with a vulnerable child.  

Have a lovely weekend everyone and I hope to be able to see you all at some point soon.
 

 


Information about School Closure 

How to Access Work for Your Child


Today has become a very interesting day and it will be one of those days where I think many of us will be saying, '... I remember where I was when the Prime Minister closed schools'. 

We have all been speculating what might happen in this very strange situation in which we find ourselves, so to some extent, while we are disappointed to have to close, we completely understand why.  It is our imperative now to support you as much as possible in the educational and emotional care of your children while they are unable to come to school.  We will of course wait for confirmation of how we will support vulnerable pupils and those children of key workers in essential positions, but once we know, we will communicate this to you as soon as possible.  In the meantime, it would be most helpful if you could only communicate with reference to ongoing absence.  This will enable us to spend more time preparing quality materials for you to use at home as well as continuing to teach those children who can still be at school until we close at the end of the day on Friday.

In the main menu section of the website, you will find the Class pages.  This is the page where we write class blogs for you.  They now also contain suitable materials for you to use at home.  The material posted now provides enough work to last until the end of term (27th March) and we will continue to post beyond that point.  We are sending a work book to write in for children who are still in school, and if your child cannot be here in the next two days, please use any suitable paper or notebooks that you have already.  Do not worry about any of this and we understand that for many parents who have more than one child and where you have to work from home for example, completing learning with your child will be difficult every day.  While teachers and staff who have been able to be in school have been focussing on the children in our care, the work on the Class pages for this week and next has been provided by those teachers who have been at home.  I would like to thank them for this as they have provided it very quickly and there is more than enough work for all age groups.  Once we are closed for the majority of pupils, the content on the Class pages will be provided by the class teachers.

Please remember that there are many other ways to learn.  Reading books, watching films and talking about them, playing traditional games such as board games, looking for bugs in the garden and then researching what they are, completing jigsaws for fine motor skills etc. are just as valuable as learning experiences.  There are also some amazing apps and websites that can be used in portions of time that can aid and progress learning.  Good examples of these that we recommend are Duolingo and GoNoodle as well as Mathletics and TTRockstars that you may already be aware of.  Please check the content of the class pages daily, especially from next week, as we will add more and more resources over time.  After the Easter break, we will change the format of the resources to give you more choice and flexibility with the learning that we will provide.

We will continue to send you emails and we will use Facebook to highlight new content. Feel free to email us during school hours if you have any questions.  Please do bear in mind that while some staff may be at home, they may also find it challenging to respond immediately, as they may be also looking after and caring for family members. We will always reply as soon as we can.  You can either email me at head@trenodeprimary.co.uk, especially if you have a general question or comment, or if your message is about learning and content on the Class page for your child, please email the class teacher using their initial and surname followed by @trenodeprimary.co.uk (e.g. sdavid@trenodeprimary.co.uk)

Finally, thank you so much for your patience, support and response over this last week.  The children have been very calm, and interested in understanding the situation in which we find ourselves, even if they are a little fed up of washing their hands!  This is a difficult and unknown time for us all, so from our amazing Trenode Primary Academy community, I send our best wishes and hopes that you can all stay safe, fit and well in the coming weeks and months.  If you have any photographs that you are willing to share of the activities you get up to when learning at home, please do send them to me and I may be able to add them to my blog; a great way to keep in touch and raise much needed smiles.

Kind regards
Janine Waring

 


World Book Day 

If you know the school, when you look at this picture, you will think, that's not Trenode!  You would be right, because for World Book Day this year, we were invited to spend the day at Looe Primary and as you can see - we grew from 39 pupils to 260!  It felt a little daunting at times but we had a fantastic day taking part in lots of activities.  
The day started with a reading breakfast and a whole school assembly.  After that we all joined other classes to work as a mixture of KS1 and KS2 children.  We found out about books that we all like, books that were new to us and we completed some amazing writing based on our favourite books - the theme of the day.  As well as all this, there was great art work to be done and all things books.  It's going to feel strange but great to be back at Trenode after such a busy day!


 


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