Welcome to Hogarth Primary School
Dear Hogarth Family
I had never envisaged I would have to change my welcome paragraph to write about a school closure as a result of COVID19. However, I wanted to let you all now that we may have closed but we are still here for you….
At this time, you may be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your children. Like us, you have high hopes of hours of learning; partaking in all of the online activities; science experiments and the reading of many books.
However, be aware of the fact that our children are beginning to feel scared. They can now hear the news and talks; they know what is going on and they feel our anxiety and tension. Please believe me when I say they have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for weeks sounded awesome (they were picturing fun times like the summer holidays), instead they are not allowed out to play or allowed to see their family and friends.
As a result of this lack of social interaction, you may see a real change in behaviour. Whether it is anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally – it will happen. You will definitely see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behaviour in the coming weeks. Please understand that this is normal and expected under these circumstances.
So what can you do?
Children need to feel safe. They need to feel loved and be comforted. This can be shown in many forms – playing outside, going on a walk, baking, painting pictures, playing a board game, watching a movie snuggled under a blanket, reading a book together or doing science, observations and virtual tours.
I am asking you not to stress about regressing. All children are in the same situation. Once we are back in the classroom, we will get back on course and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at baseline assessing! Please do not pick fights with your kids because they do not want to do maths or write stories. Certainly do not scream at them for not keeping to the schedule. It is not worth it, and nobody really wins the argument as it causes so much pain.
If I can leave you with one thing, it is this: your child’s mental health is so much more important to their academic skills or achievements. How they feel during this daunting time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during these weeks is long gone. Keep that in mind.
Please let me know if you or anybody else needs any help or support. Email me or call the school. Email your teacher or the admin staff.
We all care – We are all here – Stay safe!