Newsletter 18.12.2020

18th December 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
 
Reaching the end of term gives me a chance to reflect.  Christmas is a normally a time for family, friends and community and as I look back on this year I am sad about all of the things that we have not been able to do as a school community: we have missed you at Friday assemblies; the hall was silent on 25th September instead of bustling with people, cakes and coffee for MacMillan; and we haven’t been able to celebrate the children’s learning together at our open afternoons.  We couldn’t join with you at St Augustine’s church to celebrate Harvest or Christmas, and we haven’t been able to gather together to remember the fallen on Remembrance Day.  Last week did not feel like Christmas without the magic of sharing Class 1 and 2’s usual Nativity performance with you.
 
This has been a year like no other, but Christmas should be a time when we count our blessings.  I am grateful that we have been able to work together as a community to keep each other safe (and raise a huge amount of money for new reading books - thank you all).  Although we have not been able to share everything with you as we would have liked, the children have been working hard, and enjoying their learning.  I feel lucky to come to school every day to be greeted by their cheerfulness and enthusiasm; it has made the challenges of this year feel easier.
 
For Christians, Christmas is also a time of hope.  As the Bible says, "In his name the nations will put their hope." (Matthew 12:15-22)  As we say goodbye to 2020 and welcome 2021, I have hope that things will get better, and that we will once more be able to come together as a community as we used to.
Despite the challenges of bubbles, isolation and social distancing, I hope you are able to enjoy this holiday.  I wish you all a very merry Christmas – see you on January 5th!
 Anna Hayesmore
 
Letter from Public Health England
Attached to this letter is a letter from PHE Cambridgeshire with advice and reminders about how to have a Covid-safe Christmas.
 
Reminders:
For Covid-related communications during the Christmas holiday, please contact me on covid@burroughgreen.cambs.sch.uk   I will be checking this between now and Christmas Eve, and then from January 4th.
 
For details of future events, please visit our website www.burroughgreen.cambs.sch.uk to view our calendar and check out our community noticeboard for local events and activities.