Mrs Dewland's Weekly Blog - Week 9

Welcome to this week’s blog.

Today’s blog is published on the day that we have seen a successful return to school of the first of four Year 10 groups.  I am delighted it has run smoothly after all the meticulous planning and preparations.  I would like to thank pupils for such a positive response to being back in school and the staff who have put in an enormous amount of work to ensure the sessions run well.  Pupils today will be in for the rest of the week before our second group arrives a week today.

We hope to gain effective and further momentum to pupils’ learning during the five days each group is in school over the next four weeks.

The staff are just delighted to see our young people. It has been a long three months and a difficult time for everybody.  Healing school are very proud that every decision which has been made is based around the safety and best interests of pupils and staff, rather than political ones!

Thank you to parents for their support in helping pupils get back on track before the summer, the school also thanks those parents who have contacted the school to give praise and positive feedback regarding our approach.

Children’s mental wellbeing has again been in focus over the past few days with HRH The Duchess of Cambridge contributing to a special online assembly for the Oak National Academy.

The theme was ‘spread a little kindness’ and is based on a lesson plan available at

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/

It is a subject we care about passionately. More support and links can be find at www.healing-school.co.uk/covid-19--safeguarding/

And on a similar theme, the PE department is promoting National School Sport Week at Home which started on Saturday. More details can be found at  www.youthsporttrust.org/national-school-sport-week-home

In these challenging times, it was also heartening to learn last week of the kindness of one of our Year 11 pupils and his involvement in an excellent project to support the residents of a local care home. Ben McCarthy, who appeared on Look North last week, had been writing to residents as part of a letter writing project during lockdown and finally got to meet his pen pals. What a lovely gesture – well done Ben!    

Finally, a reminder that our Virtual Open Evening will take place today.

Aimed at Year 5 pupils and their parents, today would have been their chance to look around the school and meet staff.

Instead, a virtual tour and welcome from myself will be published on Facebook.  More importantly though, you will have the chance to meet some of our fantastic year 7 pupils and hear about life at Healing school from them. 

I would be grateful if Year 5 parents could be pointed towards the posts.

Thank you and, as always, I hope you and your family keep well and stay safe.

Mrs Dewland

Principal