Establishing lifelong learning: rooted in knowledge, enriched by experience
Friday 23rd July 2021
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Message from Mr Waiting
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for all your support and investment at Alexandra this year. We have such a fantastic parent community who work in such strong partnership with the school, ensuring that we are able to provide the best possible experiences for the children. It has been such an unusual year with so many changes to the school routines but, at every stage, our parent community have been there alongside us and I know that the staff team at Alexandra feel incredibly lucky to work with such committed families. Thank you.
This week we squeezed in the Year 6 residential to Walton Firs. The children abseiled from high-rise platforms, tried archery for the first time and stayed up late into the night sharing memories of their time at Alexandra. It was wonderful to see the cohesion and camaraderie within the year group, as they encouraged and supported their friends at every stage of the trip. I know that we would have enjoyed a slightly longer time away but I am still pleased that we managed to fit in a school residential for the children.
We have shared with parents all the arrangements for September. At this stage, we are keeping staggered drop off and pick up times in place with the hope that during the autumn we can return to our usual school routines and timings. I know how keen parents are to get back into school to celebrate alongside their children and we will be keeping families closely updated on the most recent government guidance as and when we receive it.
Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the staff at Alexandra for their hard work this year. All members of the team give so much, from the administrative, to the finance, to the premises, support staff and class teachers. This year the team have needed to adapt quickly into delivering online learning and live lessons for the children over lockdown and then ensure a smooth transition back into school to start catching up on opportunities missed. It is a real privilege to work with a team who are as passionate and committed as the staff at Alexandra. We have a number of staff who are leaving today that I have mentioned in previous newsletters but I would like to thank them for all that they have done at the school. A particular acknowledgement is needed for Julia Myring, our EYFS phase leader, who retires after 28 years as a teacher at the school. She has taught generations of children and her legacy is evident for all to see. She epitomises our school values and shows the loyalty and dedication that exists at the school. We wish her the very best of luck in her retirement.
I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you all in September.