The winter lockdown ended on Monday 8th March and all children returned to school.
We maintained the Covid-19 protocols that had been established since the start of the school year in 2020, with each class remaining in its own bubble. Some year groups have been able to join together “virtually” for assemblies using Google Meet.
We even reinstated our Friday celebration assemblies with each family of classes meeting on-screen for the presentation of achievement certificates. Each week different members of the leadership team get to boost their step counts by moving hastily from class to class to hand out the certificates.
As the country seems to be on track to enable the Government to ease many of the national restrictions, so we are aiming to provide the children with experiences as close as possible to those that have become something of a tradition here at St Matthew’s.
A few weeks ago we had one of our school runs, something we’ve done on numerous occasions in the past. Instead of our traditional Race For Life, we held our own Captain Tom Moore 100 Challenge, raising almost £800 for the Captain Tom Moore Foundation … all in the safest of Covid-safe ways!
As you will see elsewhere on our website, we adapted our annual Sports Week and made it a week of creativity – calling it SPARTS WEEK. It included an amazing variety of active and creative events across all the classes.
Furthermore, starting as soon as we returned from the half term break, we embarked on taking each class bubble from Years 4, 5 and 6 for an overnight stay at The Chellington Centre. Year 5 were the first to experience the overnight visit – they had glorious weather throughout the whole week, enabling all the outdoor activities to take place. Let’s hope it will be the same for our Year 4 classes – Elm and Badger will visit Chellington this week (14th and 15th June) followed by Bluebell and Goldfinch at the beginning of next week (21st and 22nd June).
A residential visit away from home — even for just one night — is something that every child should have the opportunity to experience. Find out more about our plans for visiting The Chellington Centre here.
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