Dear Parent(s) / Carer (s)
I hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well. As a school community, we have been sadly affected by deaths and illness of family members and friends. Please continue to pray with me and our whole school community for those affected by illness and bereavement at present.
I wanted to get in touch with you to re-assure you that at St John Fisher Catholic College, we are continuing to support all learners with learning schedules and work in their different subjects. Our teachers continue to encourage learners to try and maintain learning habits. This is very important for your child’s learning and development. If your child is struggling to access any aspect of their learning, please do not hesitate to get in touch with their subject teacher or, if it is a wider access issue, to get in touch with the progress leader or form teacher.
However, at this time, your main priority for your child is their health and wellbeing. This is a very uncertain time for all, and it is more pronounced for children and young people. It is so important that we focus on ensuring our young people are staying healthy, following all Government medical advice regarding hygiene and social distancing, and that they are looking after their mental wellbeing. Spending days on end on their mobile phone, tablet or game machine, while offering a distraction, can make your child more withdrawn. I am happy for you to relay my concerns about such use. I would encourage you to continue to talk and communicate with your child about how they are feeling and if they would like any support. Please get in touch with your child’s pastoral leader if you think that your child requires some wellbeing support, and we will do our best to support and signpost.
Thank you for what you are doing with your children on a daily basis-for offering them the love, care, support and safety that they need at this time. However, if you are not already doing this, I would ask you to look out for any signs that your child is feeling overwhelmed by school work. If this is the case, please get in touch with us – don’t ever be afraid to give them space to undertake some alternative activities to what our teachers are directing when your child feels overwhelmed.
We cannot wait to welcome learners back to our school – we exist to help our children become the best versions of themselves with the grace of God. We need your help to ensure that when your child returns to us, while they may be anxious or worried, they also know that we exist as school to look after them and help them, and we will do anything we can to support them in the best possible way.
We will continue to follow all Government advice regarding learners returning to school, and we continue to make practical arrangements to ensure a safe return for all to our school when directed, but for now, I want to re-assure you and your child that while they may not be in school, we are still here for them, and still here for you. As soon as we receive any specific details from the Government about a return to school, we will be in touch with relevant year groups.
Saint John Fisher, pray for us.
Mr G Murray
Head of School