Letter from our Principal: End of our Second Term
Dear All those in the Co-op Academy North Manchester Community,
Today marks the end of the second term of this academic year and we officially ‘break up’ for Easter, returning to studies on Monday, April 20th. However, unlike our usual last day of term which would probably involve several chocolate-related treats and an opportunity for me to speak to each year group individually, this is quite a different end to this term.
It has been just over two weeks since we moved to home learning and I have been immensely proud of the way in which everyone in our community has embraced this change and worked together to make sure that we are continuing to learn and move forwards at this time. After the holidays, we will be adding further work to our google classrooms and will be in touch with you about some additionalities that we will be bringing to support your wider interest in your subjects at this time. Please do lookout for this information and remember to look at our social media channels which also have additional content and things for you to try at this time. I wrote to the staff earlier this week and encouraged them to look at an article on the BBC website (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52109901) about the artist David Hockney. I have always been inspired by the way in which no matter what age or stage he has been within his life, he has embraced new technology, learnt new skills and set himself challenges to keep learning and developing. I realise that many of us find ourselves in a very different situation at the moment, learning from home and trying to learn different technologies and new ways of working. Do reach out if you need some further support in any area, we are here to help you as best we can. If you haven’t read the article about Hockney, then I would encourage you to as it reminded me of the importance of lifelong learning, embracing change and celebrating things that we can at times take for granted.
I realise that the Easter holidays are going to feel a little different than they normally do, but it is really important that we continue to follow the government’s advice and that we also look out for our families, friends and community at this time. Today we have released a ‘family bingo card‘. It has some ideas on things that you can do over the Easter holiday, even though you will still be in your homes. We look forward to seeing how you get on and don’t forget to send us your stories at firstname.lastname@example.org It is really important that we continue to stay connected at this time apart, and I am very grateful for all the staff who are making telephone calls so that we physically stay in touch, after all, ‘it’s good to talk!’ Do remember that if you need to get in touch over the Easter holiday, then you can always email the school on email@example.com and we will direct your email accordingly.
Over the last few weeks, I have taken the opportunity to look back through my emails and our social media feeds at all the activities and experiences that you have had the chance to take part in this academic year. Your achievements and the reminders of these has brought me a real sense of pride. I want to encourage you to keep moving forwards next term and to continue to take up opportunities, even though these may feel a little different to you. I am also looking forward to reading your entries to the ‘Principal’s Question’ which was set around our school values and the place they have within a community. A question that I could have never realised would be so relevant when I set it.
I do wish your families a safe and happy holiday period. I do hope that you have some time to rest and recharge and that you continue to feel connected even though we are all apart at this time.
Stay home. Stay Safe
Best wishes to you all
Mrs R Smith