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Letter to the children from Mrs Williams

Dear Ranvilles Stars

I hope you are all well and staying safe at home with your families. I wanted to write to let you know that all the teachers and staff are missing you at school and we are really looking forward to when we can all learn and be together again. We are still open and some of your friends are still attending school (because they have a parent classified as a critical worker) but it is very quiet without you all here.

I have been looking at the work you have been doing at home. I have asked the teachers to set you tasks that you can do on your own. I absolutely know how fantastic you can be and hope that you are focused in trying to achieve your very best in the time teachers give to complete the task. I will keep looking at the work you upload – remember to listen to the feedback your teacher gives so that you can continuously improve.

Did you see the inauguration of the 46th American President, Joe Biden? I watched this on the news and thought that the poem written and read by youth laureate Amanda Gorman was absolutely fantastic. Can you believe that she is only 22? That probably seems old to you but it is very young to me. I listened to Amanda read her poem and thought she had such composure and poise. I found myself wanting to study her words more carefully, so printed her poem to read. I find her word choice incredibly powerful. I have uploaded the poem on ClassDojo for you to read, or perhaps a family member will read all or part of it to you. Which part do you like best?

The Hill We Climb

Mister President

Dr. Biden

Madam Vice President

Mister Emhoff

Americans and the world

One day comes we ask ourselves “where can we find light in this never-ending shade?”

The loss we carry, a sea we must wade

We braved the belly of the beast

We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace

And the norms and notions of “what just is” isn’t always justice

And yet, the dawn is ours before we knew it

Somehow we do it

Somehow we weathered and witnessed

A nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.

We the successors of a country in a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president

Only to find herself reciting for one.

And yes we are far from polished, far from pristine

But that doesn’t mean we aren’t striving to form a union that is perfect.

We are striving to forge a union with purpose

To compose a country committed

To all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.

And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us

But what stands before us.

We close the divide because we know to put our future first

We must first put our differences aside

We lay down our arms So we can reach our arms to one another

We seek harm to none and harmony for all

Let the glow if nothing else say, “this is true.”

That even as we grieved we grew

That even as we hurt we hoped, That even as we tired we tried

That we’ll be forever tied together victorious

Not because we will never again know defeat,

But because we will never again sow division.

Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree,

And no one should make them afraid.

If we’re to live up to our own time,

Then victory won’t lie the blade but in all the bridges we’ve made,

That is the promise to glade,

The hill we climb.

If only we dare it because being American is more than a pride we inherit

Amanda Gorman

 

 

I hope that you are reading at home and being read to. Reading is so very important; you can practise sound combinations, explore new words, gain more knowledge and escape to new worlds. Don’t forget https://www.storylineonline.net/ if you would like to listen to a story. I listened to, ‘To Be A Drum’ written by Evelyn Coleman and read aloud by the amazing James Earl Jones. I have listened to this story at least eight times and every time I do, I learn something new. Have a listen!

Teachers are looking forward to seeing and connecting with you online very soon. I have asked them all to arrange to meet with you in small groups online – you will be able to see and speak with some of your friends too. Mrs Johnson will write to your parents to explain how this will happen – we are all very excited to plan for this. Technology can sometimes be temperamental and to be very honest, we too as teachers are on a steep learning curve, but we are embracing new challenges and excited to connect. Look out for Mrs Johnson’s letter.

Keep smiling and keep being kind to yourself and each other.
With Very Best Wishes,

Yours sincerely

Angela Williams, Headteacher