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An End of Year Message from the Co-Chairs

Dear Parents and Carers.

At this time of the academic year, the Co-chairs, and the other Governors, reflect on the past year and consider what we have done to fulfil the primary responsibilities of Governors for our school.  As you can all attest, this year has been hugely different to other years, but we would like to take a moment to step out of the current situation and remember our successes of the school year before the onset of Covid 19.

Firstly, we would like to take this opportunity to recognise Anita Philbrook, who led the school as our interim Headteacher in the winter term. The transition period during a change in Headship can be a difficult one but under Mrs Philbrook’s leadership the school continued to thrive. We are extremely grateful to have had her guidance and dedication.

We started our new year welcoming our new Headteacher Paul Barber, who had been in post one term when the rumours of the pandemic began to circulate. Despite these unprecedented circumstances Mr Barber has shown tremendous commitment to supporting the whole school community, as we have tried to respond to rapidly changing government guidelines and advice. He has also provided assurance for families who may have been overwhelmed by so many changes in such a short time, and his warm and approachable manner have done much to build the very strong sense of teamwork and high morale among our whole school family.

We would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you and acknowledge the following:

  • To the teachers and all staff who have been amazing in their dedication and commitment to the children and the school. They have gone above and beyond and had to face many challenges whilst working in unfamiliar ways and in very trying circumstances.
  • The keyworker parents who sent their children to school so that they were able to support the country during the pandemic and those keyworker parents who were able to work from home and kept their children at home so that school would not be overwhelmed.
  • To all the parents and carers who have had to support their children’s education as best they could, many of you furloughed and many of you of juggling teaching and working from home whilst trying to support home schooling.
  • To the wider community who have come together with the school and helped to set up a local food bank and keep it stocked so that no family need go hungry.

Last but not least, to all our children who have borne the brunt of this difficult time with the loss of their regular routines and activities and friendship circles distanced through necessity. Particularly, to the year 6 pupils who were unable to take their SATS, attend their residential trip and of course their farewell leavers party and mass.

Moving forward we will continue to support the school in adapting to the guidance issued by the Government and ensuring that we fulfil our duties as Governors with an emphasis on supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of the children, families and staff.

We hope you and your family enjoy a very well deserved and much needed break.

Kind regards

Mel Fane and Giulia De Rosa

Co-Chairs of Governors

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Gathering parent views on education and COVID-19 through ParentKind research

ParentKind want to find out if and how parental attitudes have changed now that lockdown has become the “new normal” – whether they are key workers with children still attending school or working from home with their child(ren) learning from home. Understanding how parents are experiencing and responding to the pandemic will be important information for governing boards to consider when thinking about their school reopening and engaging with parents on this. ParentKind would appreciate your input: https://r1.dotmailer-surveys.com/1114x93a-984mj1a3. The survey closes on Monday 4 May.

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A message for the time

‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Therefore we will not fear…’
Psalm 46:1-2

Dear Parents and Carers,

In difficult and unprecedented times such as we are facing now there is a deeper need for our communities to get together to support and look after one another and practice acts of kindness. The community of Our Lady of Lourdes school embodies this in all it does – our parents supporting one another, donating food to the staff who continue to work, and whose messages of support and gratitude have been overwhelming; our staff who continue to work tirelessly to ensure their pupils are safe and looked after. It’s at times like this we realise how truly lucky we are to be a part of this wonderful school community, and it is especially important to remember God’s promise to be with us.

On behalf of all at Our Lady’s we pray that you and your families keep safe and well.

With best wishes

The governors

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Thank you

It was good to see many of you at the governor café at parents’ evenings this week, and thank you to all who completed our parent survey.  We will evaluate the results at our Q&S Committee meeting on 22 November and will let you know the outcome after that.

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Governing Body Update

We say good-bye to three governors this year and thank them for the contributions they have made to the Governing Body. Zouhour Robinson-Zaabar and Clive Mudd have resigned as Foundation Governors and Lara Williams as Parent Governor, and we are looking to fill these roles after the holidays. Please look on our website to find out more: https://ourladyoflourdesprimaryschool.co.uk/about-us/governors/governor-vacancies/

 

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More Celebrations!

As many of you are aware Our Lady of Lourdes School celebrates its 50th anniversary this year!
The Staff and Governors have been planning how best to mark this milestone and give thanks for all the achievements of staff and pupils past and present.
If you have any photos, anecdotes or memories of OLOL over the years, do let us know; as well as your ideas for festivities.
Looking forward to hearing from you. – The Governors

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Merry Christmas to all!

Very many congratulations to all the staff, children and parents on what has been a fantastically successful term.
The confirmation of our outstanding results and the very positive comments on our Ofsted report just underline what we know of our school.
It is the positive ethos which was noted by the Ofsted Inspector, which allows all members of our school family to be supported in their striving to fulfil their full potential.
It is wonderful to see our motto of ‘Live , Love, Learn ‘ being lived out every day at Our Lady of Lourdes.
The governors wish you all a very well deserved rest and a Happy and Holy Christmas.
Giulia de Rosa

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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome back to a new academic year.  After excellent results last year and many exciting new activities, the term has certainly started well and the governors have resumed their regular monitoring meetings, school visits and governor training.  Wishing you all a very happy and successful Autumn Term.

Giulia de Rosa, Chair of Governors

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