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From Mrs Hallows - Chair of Governors

posted 16 May 2020, 07:54 by admin saintmatthews

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all keeping well during this time of lockdown and are managing to keep sane ! For me, the most difficult part of all this, apart from the obvious, of missing family  and friends, is going from being busy to being confined at home and instead of being able to help others I am the one being helped! It is a complete reversal.

Mrs Ryding, our headteacher keeps me up to date with matters appertaining to school.  The whole of the staff have continued to attend school every day, even during the Easter holidays, to ensure that children of key workers are taken care of. The staff have also ensured that children who receive free school meals continue to do so.  Packed lunches are prepared everyday and the staff distribute them to the children.  This also ensures that children, especially those who are vulnerable, are being monitored. School work is distributed via the internet and over the last few weeks school packs have been taken to the children at home, delivered by staff and governors.  They have all worked really hard to ensure our children continue to be educated. Their commitment and dedication is very much appreciated.

From a parish perspective, I want to extend my personal thanks, and I am sure you all do, to Canon Anthony and Judith, for the steaming of  mass at 9 o’clock on Sunday’s from their home.  It was even more poignant last Sunday when mass was steamed from church, it was good to be back if only virtually!  It is also reassuring that we are sharing mass together, if not in person, but in thought and prayer.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time and I hope it will not be too long before (paraphrasing the Queen) we will meet again.  Till then, take care, keep well and safe. Love and blessings.

Pat x