Wow! What a year we have had!
Since March 2020 - we have all had to manage the pandemic in the best way we could (and still are) and ensure that we have kept each other safe.
Firstly, on behalf of the entire Federation and the Governing Board, can I thank you for being so supportive throughout this year - following the guidance we've issued and helping us keep our buildings open and our community safe.
We are so proud that over the entire course of the pandemic so far, we have only had to close 2 classes across the Federation - which is the lowest class closure in the Borough!
This is phenomenal.
For those of you who now leave us to either support your super hero on their next steps in mainstream or into specialist provision - we are going to miss you. Together I would hope you agree, we have supported, educated and given you the hope and courage to take the next steps in your stride. It has been a real honour to get to know you and work with you and I speak on behalf of all the team at Waterside that we are so proud of what your super hero has achieved.
It is important to remind you that although we may not touch base daily, we are always here for you (as past parents have found out) and will help if we can.
For those of you who are returning to us in September - thank you for continuing to trust us with your super heroes education and well-being. We do not take that trust lightly and are proud of what we have achieved together so far and what we can do next year.
To remind you - Waterside and King's Oak both have 3 lots of training days at the start of September. School is closed Wednesday September 1st, Thursday September 2nd and Friday September 3rd, with pupils returning to school as usual on Monday September 6th.
We have had to take those first three days for a number of reasons (staff training, first aid training, curriculum, OFSTED updates etc) but also we have to ensure that we have all tested for COVID (as per Government guidance) and that, if the Government have altered any guidance over the Summer in relation to schools, we have time to ensure we all understand it and how it affects both you, your super hero and ourselves.
If there are changes, we will send it out via Parent Mail.
With restrictions altering, foreign travel restrictions altering daily, it is important that we keep ourselves safe and do what we can to continue the brilliant work we have done over this entire pandemic.
Have a brilliant Summer break - enjoy, rest, recharge and keep safe!
Meic and the entire Imperium Federation family