MEfA Montessori School is planning to reopen in September 2020 and, for the majority of our children, this will be after an absence of six months.
We understand that when we do reopen some of our adults and children will be nervous. Many of our children have enjoyed their time at home with their parents and siblings - but others have become edgy and anxious.
We have been blessed with a lovely sunny Spring and early Summer and many of us have spent a lot more time in nature than we have been able to do before.
Many families have sent us photos and videos of their children indoors baking, crafting and constructing - and outdoors cycling, gardening and enjoying nature walks.
During the lock-down, I have spent most afternoons nurturing our beautiful Forest School/Well-being Area and I can testify to the benefits of gardening for mental, physical and emotional well-being.
In the early weeks back at school children (and adults) will be tired, and as any parent knows, this can result in irascible behaviour.
We will be sharing risk assessments and protocols with the whole school community which will bring comfort to those who may be worried about the transmission of infection.
Although the UK international travel restrictions are gradually reopening, we still have families who have been 'stranded' abroad for almost four months. These families will face additional challenges as and when they are able to return.
All of this will bring challenges, but we are totally focussed on making the return to school for our children and adults a truly nurturing experience.
Soon we will be bringing the 2019-2020 school year to a close; do please keep sending us your family news and photos!
Tuesday March 17th was a tearful day for our parents and teachers alike. We decided to close our beautiful MEfA Montessori School, days ahead of Government guidance for all schools to close, because of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus.