5 February 2021 (by Stephen Walsh (walsh-s))
We thought it important to give you some updates as we start this second month of lockdown.
The South African Variant
On Monday evening many of us watched as Southport was headline news. In the days later it then became apparent that it was actually the Norwood Ward that was the focus, an area that many of our school community live. We have followed the guidance and monitored the situation closely and we would like to thank parents and carers for their ongoing trust and support. It has been positive to see how the community has responded following the advice of Public Health England to stay at home unless necessary, and engage in the PCR testing process that has been made available to us. The door-to-door testing and the test centre that has been set up in the park and ride in Kew will provide the surveillance required to further support our futures.
May we take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our parents and carers for the efforts you are going to in supporting your children. It is not easy, and we, at Meols Cop, really do appreciate the daily challenges that you will have from motivation to resources to internet connections. We are all doing our best during this pandemic and it is not always going to be perfect and that is ok. The most important thing is to continue supporting our young people and prioritise their safety and happiness.
The students are doing very well in this most challenging of times. The feedback from our teachers consistently expresses the commitment and resilience that students are showing towards their studies. It is vital that we continue to challenge our students to keep engaging with all of their learning and embracing the opportunities presented to them. I would also like to thank all the parents and carers for their cards, gifts and email messages for the entire staff team. They are doing some extraordinary things in some challenging circumstances and none of us can wait until the time is right to welcome our students back into school.
No Screen Bingo
We are conscious of the time that our most committed students are spending each week taking part in live lessons and activities on their screens. For this reason, we have introduced an afternoon each week in which students, staff, parents and carers can all get away from the screens and take part in ‘No Screen Bingo’. The activities this week gave us all a chance to express ourselves and we have been blown away by the pictures, videos and evidence we have received.
The way that this community pulls together in these most challenging times never fails to amaze us. In this last week we have again delivered food parcels to over 30 local families with the support of the team from the Meols Cop Youth Club. We have also continued to receive support from local businesses with laptops and devices and we were delighted today to receive 13 tablets from Tesco that will be distributed to students who most need them early next week.
Thank you all for your continued support on so many levels. This is an extraordinary community and everyone at school is proud to be a part of it.