As out term comes to a close, it was lovely to see all of our classes getting the chance to take part in our termly talent show – again albeit in different contexts – some at home and some in school. Thankfully, all classes got to enjoy the pantomime and it was adapted perfectly to be COVID-19 safe. We also loved the virtual elf visit for our infant classes. If your child would like to watch the elf, the video is here. I was so pleased to find out all of our children are on the nice list – and that I’m on there too!
The advent songs and the nativity performances loaded onto our shared platform on Microsoft TEAMs have all served to continue to bring Christmas joy, whilst also keeping all bubbles apart from each other. The nursery and reception ‘Wriggly Nativity’ and the ‘The Most Wonderful Story Ever Told’ by Year 1 and Year 2 were excellent – well done to all of our children who took part and of course, to all of the adults who worked so hard to make it happen; including splicing together the scenes; adding in the scene changes and ensuring the costumes truly sparkled. The children were already super stars but they really did shine.
Congratulations to our raffle winners. We have been able to use the money raised to pay towards some of the activities we have offered over the festive period whilst also keep the classrooms resourced for festive fun. Everyone should have received their raffle prizes by now, with those isolating having had them delivered to their door, alongside their gift from Father Christmas who visited school on Thursday. We do have one or two left in school so we hope that we can get those to you in the New Year.
Finally, we do hope over this half term that we’ve made some happy memories despite the challenges. Over the break I would urge everyone to remember my favourite quote as I certainly will - enjoy the little things, as one day you’ll look back and realise that they were the big things. Over Christmas and New Year, it may not always go as planned but do try to find the joy in what you do and celebrate those achievements. It’s those times that will be remembered.
As is typical every year, the Garswood staff have done their utmost to make school not only an educationally outstanding institution but also ensure that it’s a fun, exciting, interesting, lively and a genuinely great place to be. We have a fantastic team who care for each and every one of your children and give such a huge amount. We know we don’t always get things right but we always try our very best. Thank you also to our Governors who also give up their time to support the school and continue to be rigorous in ensuring Garswood Primary is the best that it can be.
In addition, thank you to our amazing community. Some time back I asked you for comments for our staff advent calendar and I was overwhelmed. The support shown for the staff and the school was truly emotional. I genuinely believe the it is the support from our families that has helped to lift the school and help carry us through this crisis. It shows what can be achieved when we work together. We really are stronger together.
I have said it before and it’s so true – working at Garswood is not a job – it’s a lifestyle! I know I am truly privileged to lead such a superb team in a fantastic community. We will come back in the new year ready to go again and wholly committed to giving our all.
So finally, as we look back on our successes, our challenges, our learning and our laughter; we also look forward with hope for a more positive year ahead but with the knowledge that we have faced tough times before so no matter what – we can get through it together.
On behalf of all of the staff and children, thank you for all your support and hard work – and for your kindness. Garswood is a very special community. I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and may 2021 bring you good health and happiness.