Head Teacher's Blog 03.01.22

3rd January 2022

Happy New Year everyone, let's hope for a better one ahead! We hope you were able to make the most of the Christmas holiday in spite of all the rain!

Covid has once again dominated the headlines and you will have been aware of lots in the news relating to schools.  We can assure you that we will be continuing with the procedures which were in place throughout the Autumn unless further restrictions are announced. Please can we ask for your continued support and vigilance to keep everyone safe and well by following mitigating measures:

  • Please adhere to the agreed start and finish times.

  • Only one adult should accompany children to school.

  • Please ensure that children are dressed appropriately as the classrooms are colder than usual due to the need for increased ventilation – children need clean clothes and additional layers.

  • Keep socially distanced, 2 metres apart.

  • Please notify school if your child is symptomatic or needs to self-isolate using only this email admin@swansfield.northumberland.sch.uk

As we start the spring term we are immediately on timetable. Children in Reception and KS1 should continue to come to school in PE kit on their usual days. 

Music lessons begin again on Wednesday with Mrs Nicklen and with Miss Hewison on Thursday. Please have instruments in school for these days. 

The newsletter is being written and will be with you by the end of the week – please contact the office if you don’t receive a copy by the usual means.

Let’s get the new year off to a great start with this fabulous piece of music. Auld Lang Syne is such a popular piece for new year but this version has a real twist!  This is the Fantasia on Auld Lang Syne by Ernest Tomlinson, an English composer who lived between 1924 and 2015. It’s quite a long piece, perfect for listening to over a weekend breakfast, perhaps! How many well known pieces can you hear mixed in with the Auld Lang Syne tune? Also, listen out for the main tune being passed around different sections of the orchestra. We wonder if any really accomplished musicians can hear the tune change from a major to a minor key.  To hear this, listen out for the tune changing from sounding really bright and happy to a darker more foreboding sound.  Enjoy!  Oh and anyone who lets Mrs Smith or Mrs Grimes know one of the tunes they hear alongside Auld Lang Syne can start the new year with 10 School 360 points. Get listening!

Bye for now, 

Mrs S and Mrs G

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