And it’s been a difficult few months for pupils who have had extended periods at home, away from their classmates and teachers.
But many schools have gone above and beyond to support their students and their families.
We asked you to nominate those you wanted to give thanks to and these are your comments. It’s not too late to get involved though, if you’d like to praise a High Peak teacher or school, just send the details on an email to [email protected]
Helen Challand said: “Please give a shout out to all of the teachers , teaching assistants and the head teacher Mrs Giliker at Harpur Hill Primary School. They have been amazing during lockdown. So supportive and always here to help you. Thanks from me and my daughter Amber and all of the other children and parents. You all deserve a medal.”
Laura Gould said: “I would like to give massive praise to St Marys Catholic Voluntary Academy in Glossop where my daughter attends. During this last lockdown the help and support they provided was invaluable. There was a live video call check in every morning where all work for the day was thoroughly explained and if you had any problems during the day you could email the class teacher for help. There was also a video call story time every day and 2 weekly video calls with the headteacher where he would set fun tasks every week. All of these live video calls were a great way of helping my daughter keep in touch with everyone and helped provide a lot of motivation too. All of the staff did an amazing job under such difficult circumstances and all deserve some recognition for all of their hard work and support.”
And Róisín Reynolds said: “During the recent lockdown the staff at St Marys, Glossop, led by headmaster Mr Paul Ackers and deputy head Mrs Sarah Rudd, went above and beyond for the school community. In order to maintain contact with children at home they did lots of fun and exciting things.
“On the last Wednesday of each month Mr Ackers and Mrs Rudd visited all children who had a birthday, to give them a cupcake. As children have not been able to have birthday parties with friends and families because of lockdown restrictions, the school has been holding virtual class parties to hopefully compensate a little.
“Following mental health awareness day Wellbeing Wednesday continued and initially is taking place on a fortnightly basis with afternoons given over to well-being activities.
“For World Book Day they celebrated with pupils both in school and at home. Children were invited to dress up as a book character if they wished to. Children at home were able to show their costumes to their classmates during the live morning session. As in previous years, children received a book token each. They had lots of exciting activities on the day, including a ‘Masked reader’ challenge.
“The school maintained excellent communication with all parents and it was clear that the health and wellbeing of the children and school staff was paramount.”