Friday 3rd April 2020
PARENT AND CARER MESSAGE BULLETIN – Friday 3rd April 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
Over the Easter break I will not be sending anymore bulletins unless there is an urgent message. After Easter I intend to issue bulletins weekly rather than daily.
I hope that over the next two weeks you and your loved ones can stay safe and well.
Ofqual have today communicated arrangements regarding Year 11 and Year 13 exams. We are sending a letter from Ofqual to these parents and students and will advise further our arrangements after Easter. In the meantime please do not contact individual staff about your child’s grades. They will not be in a position to respond. We will as always endeavour to ensure that no student is unfairly disadvantaged.
To help support families with reading for pleasure, there are some brand new reading lists on the school website to encourage students to continue to read; one for years 7-9 and one for years 10 and 11. These will be good starting points to discover new authors and books.
Although public libraries are closed, books are available to borrow as ebooks using a Bexley Library card number. There are also a wide variety of magazines on the Bexley Libraries website that can be read online for adults, as well as young people.
I have read on social media and elsewhere, parents concerns about how to occupy their children over the Easter break without the schools setting work/activities. If your child/children have been reliant on activities/entertainment outside the home and have the need to be occupied, then perhaps this will be a good opportunity to appreciate the benefits of boredom.
I have included some quotes about boredom to consider:
“Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity” Robert M Pirsig
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” Dorothy Parker
“Don’t try to ‘fix’ the child’s boredom-rather, let the child find his or her inner resources” Julia Cameron
So if necessary let your child get bored. To overcome it they must discover not entertainment but imagination and a love of learning.
Take care and stay safe
Odyssey Trust for Education