Dear Parents and Carers,
We’re almost at the end of another school year, and what a year it has been. The last few months have been so strange that it’s almost hard to recall the time before lockdown and what ‘normal’ school life was like, but with so much always happening at Parkgate it is worth reflecting on the other events of 2019/20.
As governors we know that a broad curriculum is important for children’s learning. It has been wonderful learning about all the different activities and experiences that the children have the opportunity to try. The International Programme has been a huge success and we are very sorry to see Mr Quintana leave even though he is off on his next adventure.
As usual, we began the year with lots of trips and activities - our Year 3’s tried a new school trip to Celtic Harmony to support their Stone Age topic. We enjoyed our Egyptian, Roman and Viking workshops. The school got together for our annual carol service and the Year 5’s performed Alice in Wonderland. In January our cross curricular week – ‘All Things Weird and Wonderful’ was based on science. A planetarium visited the school and the children took part in a forensic workshop and learned to extract DNA! All the preparations were in place for Year 4 production but sadly, Year 4 did not get a chance to put on their production due to Covid-19.
The Governors always try to attend the parents’ consultation evenings, and some of you will have seen us as we remind you to fill in the parent survey. It is always good to hear the parent views of what is happening in school and how much the children enjoy coming to school and how safe they feel.
And then Covid-19 landed… The speed with which things had to change, the uncertainty it created and the fear and anxiety that we were all feeling was almost overwhelming, but the show kept going! The dedication and resilience shown by all the staff at Parkgate as they have put new systems in place and supported learning both in school and at home has been incredible. Likewise, the efforts from you and your children in adapting to the new normal have been amazing. The governors have met several times online and Mrs Pipe has updated us regularly on all the developments. We visit the school regularly throughout the year, and we have missed being able to come into school to see what is happening. We recognise how difficult this time has been for everyone, and we sincerely hope that the new academic year will look and feel much more like normal.
On behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to say a huge thank you to all staff and in particular Mrs. Pipe. This really has been a year to remember, and we hope that all staff enjoy a relaxing and refreshing holiday.
I would also like to wish you and your families a safe and happy summer.
Julie Rolls Harper
Chair of Governors