We started with very clear messages about looking after ourselves and our wider community. With so many households shielding other family members as well as anxieties about returning, we felt that a very clear focus on our school value...
Treat others as you know they wish to be treated
...would be a good starting point. This was then coupled with 3 of our 10 Thinking Skills, 'Empathy', 'Good Judgement' and 'Flexibility of Mind' to keep everything front and centre. We are trying to maintain the correct balance between reducing anxiety around a clear step change in life, with rigid healthy habits in hygiene and suitable distancing - no easy task but something that staff and pupils appear to have handled so well across the past week. No doubt constant reminders and adjustments will need to be made but I am confident that we are doing the right thing in the current circumstances.
Welcome to the new generation of Orleyans, it was simply amazing joining Reception classes this week as strangers introduced themselves to each other...where might these friendships take them?!?