Information for Families: 12.2.21

And we are there!! Together we have got through an incredibly tough half-term – a half-term like no other!

We started it fed-up and fatigued and yet we have done it. Thank you to you all for pushing through, knuckling down and keeping on going when the going got tough. Myatt Garden is such an amazing community – children were never meant to be taught at home by their families. You are their parents and carers and home is a place to chill and be snuggly … turning you into teachers and your home into a classroom again, was always going to be a big ask especially when this time round the expectations about learning had dramatically increased.

You and your children are all super-heroes …… these are unprecedented times. Please tell your children how proud you are of how they have coped, children have never been in this position before!!!

Hopefully we will hear good news on the 22nd February about the government’s plans for re-opening schools. Let’s hope that we will be able to begin opening up from the 8th March – only time will tell!

Thank you to the amazing staff at Myatt Garden

Our staff are amazing and I have felt so privileged to work with such a child-centred and committed team. Nothing has been too much trouble, as  teachers have had to rethink all of the planned learning, develop their offer in light of feedback, juggle being in school, plan remote learning, provide quality feedback, make calls, support families that are finding it particularly difficult and for many do home learning with their own children. From the office to the premises team, the pastoral team to our wonderful LSAs, TAs and AS Club staff, there has not been one person who has not be willing to do whatever has needed doing.

A HUGE and public thank you to them all from me – they have done the most fantastic job!

COVID Update

The figures continue to decline in Lewisham – the current rate of infection is 171 in every 100, 000. The R number is thought to be between 0.6 – 0.8.   Please keep following the rules and doing your bit; what you are doing is contributing to helping us get back to school.

 

Today’s Assembly

The link to this week’s Friday Assembly has beens sent to all parents via ParentPay (it will also be in Seesaw) – and will be an opportunity to find out more about Chinese New Year that starts today.  

Half Term Ideas 

Like most things, half term will be different this year.  We can’t go off to visit family or do day trips to the coast … so I’ve tried to collect a few ideas you may want to consider. See information here: Half Term Ideas and here: Sounds of Nature Bingo – hopefully there is something that will work for you.

FSM Half-Term Vouchers 

We have a few vouchers that have not been collected yet. You have until 5pm this afternoon to collect them from the office.

Free Mental Health Support for Parents and Carers

I’m pleased to be able to share a new online mental health & well-being service Qwell which has been made freely available to all adults to use in Lewisham. (More information can be found here: Qwell Letter to Parents)  This is an important mental health & well-being support service. It is a self-referral service. All adults can sign up here at: www.Qwell.io

Lewisham Hardship Fund

You may be able to get a one-off payment to help you buy essential food and fuel. There is an emergency payment for those eligible for Universal Credit who are facing further immediate, financial hardship due to COVID-19 and have no other assistance available. If you have no income as a result of losing your job or ability to work, you may qualify for a one-off payment.

The payment is a grant so it does not need to be paid back. It does not replace any other form of support from the Government.

To apply for the grant you must:

  • not have an earned income
  • have savings of less than £6,000
  • be a permanent Lewisham resident
  • be liable to pay rent, bills, a mortgage or council tax
  • claim or have made an application for Universal Credit.

The grant will be a fixed amount based on:

  • the number of people in your household and their ages
  • set amounts of money that the Government suggest you need to live on.

To apply, go to: https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/benefits/get-financial-help-if-you-are-struggling-due-to-covid19

 Community Fund

And don’t forget our own Myatt Garden Community Fund that is available to help families. If you’re finding it hard to make ends meet and need help please give us a call and ask for Orlaine or drop her an email at: o.mcdonald@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk

Among other things, we have supported families to buy things like warm coats or new bedding for their children.

I wish you all a relaxing, if not action-packed half term.

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