Dear Parents / Carers,
We have written to you at different times during the pandemic, and as we break up for this Easter holiday, we thought that it was time for another message. Although nationally the COVID restrictions are lifting, as a college we are still feeling the impact of coronavirus. As you know, the last few weeks have been a very difficult time for many within the Oak Grove College community; the postponement of The Lion King production being a big example of that.
We have had large numbers of staff test positive, and their absence has meant that those who remain have had to cover lessons and take on extra tasks alongside their normal role. We are very grateful for how all staff have pulled together, and mindful of how the impact of the pandemic seems never-ending. We thank everyone who works at Oak Grove College for the way in which they continue to support the students.
We are incredibly proud of the way in which our young people have managed the situation. They have responded well to last minute changes of plan, with different teachers etc. This is no more the case than with the postponement of The Lion King performances. Rehearsing and planning this show has been a huge undertaking for our young people. Indeed, for some of our Year 11 students, this forms part of their exam work. We are proud of the way that our students have handled the disappointment of the necessary changes to the production dates.
Last and by no means least, we are very grateful for the support shown to the college by you, our parents and carers. We fully understand that the last-minute class closures are difficult and cause inconvenience – parent governors have joined you in putting their ‘home school’ hats back on again too! We are grateful to you all for the understanding and patience that you have shown during this time.
As we move into the summer months, let us all hope that this disruption lessens, and that everyone has a more normal college experience next term.
We hope that you enjoy the holidays and keep well.
Happy Easter, and have a good break!
Chrissie & Ann
Chrissie Chalmers Chair of the Governing Body, Oak Grove College
Ann Schreiner Vice Chair of the Governing Body, Oak Grove College