Community is at the heart of everything we do at Carrdus, and more so now while the current Covid-19 situation continues to dominate how we interact with one another. We are never complacent, and we are continuously implementing many changes to adapt, strengthen and support our community both internally and externally.
It is not currently possible to talk to all parents on a face to face basis regarding their son or daughter’s daily learning so we are utilising our social media platforms to highlight specific areas of learning and activities for each year group, something we hope to continue in the future, to support and complement our face-to-face feedback.
Our new weekly ‘Headmaster update’ social media videos provide a snapshot of what’s been happening at school and the exciting activities ahead.
The children at Carrdus have shown that they are both resilient and adaptable and for this we are extremely proud of them. Our class representatives meet each term to discuss current topics and initiatives, which are then fed out across the school to create a fully inclusive community where all opinions and ideas are considered.
We hope we can welcome parents and other members of the Carrdus community and beyond back to our well-loved and well-attended events next year as well as getting out into the local community to support charitable initiatives and continue to collaborate with local groups, schools and organisations.
While some events such as our annual ‘Christmas Carols in the Care Homes,’ sports fixtures and community outreach projects are on hold for 2020, we are still planning for our year group Christmas Nativities and lunches and other Christmas related activities, albeit ‘reimagined.’
One huge community event that will certainly be missed this year is our annual Friends of Carrdus School Christmas Fair (FOCS). A committee of around 20 passionate parents and staff work tirelessly, organising this magical, festive event for the local community to attend and in turn, raising precious funds for school resources.
Most recent projects have included an exciting treehouse available for use by all year groups.
The treehouse is an amazing addition to the vast open play spaces at Carrdus and the children lose themselves in anything from fantasy pirate battles and searching for mossy fairy doors to quiet reading and bug hunting around the large oak trees.
It is a place of comfort for the children, somewhere they can let off steam and do what they do best, be children.
In the Spring term, we will see the arrival of a brand-new kiln for our art department, another project funded by the efforts of our Parent Committee and an invaluable resource for our specialist teachers so they may continue to teach and nurture the children to develop new skills and interests. Other projects include the purchase of classroom iPads and the hire of interactive white boards, all adding to the ‘Carrdus experience’.
Alongside the fundraising efforts of FOCS, our active parent community organise numerous social gatherings for parents and children including coffee mornings, curry nights and play dates facilitating fun, social interactions all enhancing the community spirit at the school.
Charlie Venn, a current Year 5 Parent and Chair of FOCS said;
“Carrdus is a truly unique school, and that strikes you from the moment you set foot inside the front door. The happy, buoyant and warm atmosphere is almost tangible. There is a great deal of social interaction amongst Carrdus families, and the commitment of parents and the time they give up to pull off really fabulous events is an excellent indication of both how much we all love Carrdus and also how much we genuinely enjoy doing things together. It is not just the children who forge fabulous friendships at the school. To say we feel like one big family is an analogy used by many schools, but Carrdus genuinely has a special quality, an essence, which makes it stand out from the crowd. If only we could bottle it – it would be a sell-out hit at the Christmas Fair!”
If you would like to find out more information about your child joining the Carrdus family, please join us at our Virtual Open Morning at 10am on Saturday 16th January 2021, click here to secure a place or visit our website.