Tobia follows Noor’s instructions online.

I don’t think any of us will be sad at the passing of January, as we edge towards February Half Term and the brighter prospects which spring will bring. I am delighted that we are able to support a good number of children in school, but very aware that both your children and you will be disappointed by the recent announcement of the Prime Minister that schools are unlikely to open before 8th March.

I remain buoyed, however, by the very positive approach that our pupils are taking to their remote learning. The photographs we receive suggest that they are showing initiative and fortitude by taking up new things at home, and excellent examples of work continue to be sent to me by teachers.

I know that what the children are missing most is that day to day contact which they have in normal times, and so we are trying to facilitate that through a number of initiatives which we hope will gather pace.

One such initiative is our Cook Along With… YouTube sessions which have proved so popular with parents and children. Some of last week’s impressive results can be seen below. At a time when we cannot break bread together in the traditional sense, it is good to see a love of cooking connecting our community, albeit remotely. Mrs McKinnon and family present this week’s episode.

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