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Together We Can and We Will

Posted on April 30 2020

First and foremost, I hope that in present circumstances, everyone within and linked to the Forest Park community is safe and keeping well. 

After a very different Easter celebration for all this year, these are exceptional times that we find ourselves in right now. Who would have thought a few months ago that Forest Park, along with all schools within the UK, would be forced to close their doors to the vast majority. Only open for critical key worker children to enable parents to continue to fight this pandemic. With millions of people in isolation and everyone advised to stay, work and learn at home for the good of our health we are operating in uncharted territory. 

For everyone this is an anxious time, one of uncertainty. For children this is even more the case, especially as many are unable to see their grandparents, go on playdates or come back to school and see their classmates and teachers. Despite further government updates and advice detailing many options of how long this situation will last, life is going to continue to be different and difficult for a while yet.

Most human beings crave company and with social isolation, this is what has been the most difficult aspect to overcome. Modern technology enables us to speak with one another frequently, see faces and hear voices that are familiar to our pupils. To learn together, laugh together, smile together and be actively engaged is at the forefront of our school interactions this term. Experiences are best shared in one another's company, albeit online for the short term we are confident we will be back together as a successful school community sometime in the near future.

That is why, at Forest Park, our aim is to continue to be positive. Positive about what the future holds and encourage a sense of togetherness and hope within our community. Our staff are looking to continue with our remote learning programme for families. Teaching is, of course, a very sociable enterprise and that is why we are actively increasing our live lessons and face time with all children at the school. 

We are appreciative and thankful for all the support parents are providing to us and your children whilst many are working from home. Our children have, as ever, been brilliant and the teachers have worked effortlessly when providing learning opportunities from home. For this to improve further, and continue to be successful, we need to continue to work together, as together we can, and will, overcome this challenge in the best way possible.

I hope that we move on and return to normality as quickly as possible, but in the meantime I hope that you all stay safe and well until we meet again.

Nick Tucker


 

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