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Christmas Message from Mrs Bailey

15th December 2020
Dear Parents/Carers,
As we approach the end of the calendar year, tradition would have it that heads write a letter thanking parents for their support in general, and also for any generous gifts given to staff to celebrate Christmas.
This year, we owe you our thanks considerably more than ever, so please let me offer it now.
We always recognise that, in sending your children to our school, you are putting great trust in us, both to care for and to educate them. This year, this couldn’t be more true. So thank you for continuing to trust in us through this tumultuous time, particularly when there must have been times of real worry for you as there have been for all of us.
Coronavirus: Thank you for your tolerance over the last year. Often, we found out about big announcements at the same time as you, watching the Prime Minister and his experts on the evening broadcasts. Too often we then had to wait on detail to help us – and you – to understand what it meant in practice. Thank you for listening to our messages and reading our emails, while all around us was contradictory information in the press and on social media.
To those who were confused by too much communication, or disappointed with decisions we took, we apologise. As always with schools – and any organisations – sometimes we had to go back and change decisions. Hopefully, each change improved things for you and your children, but it was another adaptation to make, all the same.
Thank you for your support each step along the way of this unprecedented and uncertain year. Without your support and understanding, we couldn’t have made it all work.
And lastly, thank you for working with us through these straitened months, without traditional events like welcome meetings, parents’ evenings or even the school nativity.
In some ways, it’s felt harder than ever to be together as a school community but, in other ways, this period of change has highlighted the importance of working together as we do.
Hopefully, you’ll agree that, throughout 2020, we’ve worked with you to provide your children with the safest, most enjoyable and most effective education possible. And we look forward to doing the same in 2021.
Take care, stay safe and let the spirit of Christmas wash over you all.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Sharon Bailey, Helen Tester and all the staff at John Mayne.
Dear Lord, don't let us miss you this Christmas season. Help us to simplify our activities and traditions so we can focus our celebration on your birth. Thank you for being the Prince of Peace, and we ask you for that supernatural peace to reign in our hearts. Thank you for the simple but life-changing message of your love for us. In Jesus' name, Amen.