It’s Chriiiiiiiiistmaaaaaaaas!

You didn’t really think the last word of the year on Smithton’s school blog was going to be about COVID did you?!

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A huge thank you to all who have made this term possible – cleaners, clericals, teachers, EYPs, PSAs, cooks, community workers and councillors; young people and parents. We’ve tried to keep to our ‘commonsense’ approach while sticking to all the guidelines while trying to keep school a happy learning environment. We managed to have our early years and infant nativity and songs despite not performing to a live audience but your comments have cheered them up. You didn’t get to come in and see our Christmas banners and displays so we put them on the windows to bring a bit of cheer on the gloomy mornings to help you smile as you walked past. We managed Santa, Christmas lunch and parties and silly games in classes. Huge competition at the Christmas quiz last night with staff and staff Bake Off challenges via virtual meeting a couple of weeks ago. (Yes, staff have a good laugh together too – it’s not just the children who have fun here.)

We had a Christmas assembly this morning with a message from Alasdair at the Free Church and unfortunately we had to have a couple of farewells to staff: Mrs Faulkner has left to be a nurse again at the Children’s Ward and Mrs Munro who is off to have her baby. Tears all round as we never like to say goodbye to Smithton staff but we’re very proud to have had both of them on the team and hopefully Mrs Munro will be back.

Nursery children, staff and parents and carers have had such a time chopping and changing hours, rooms and where to stand coming in and out – you really have been so patient. Here’s hoping once we are all back together January 18th that all will be settled again.

A Christmas message from Gabriel in P7 – a short reading from The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charley Mackesy. Click here to see the video.

Here’s some Christmas photos from the last week and the class window displays.

However you celebrate Christmas either as Christians or as a cultural tradition we all wish you a quiet and safe Christmas looking forward to 2021. What we can predict and put into place let’s do it. What we can’t control or predict let’s relax, not dwell on the ‘what ifs’ and concentrate on being there for each other.

Much love to you all.

Aileen Mackay, HT

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