I hope you are all safe and well. You will by now have heard the sad news that Mr Linfield will be leaving us at the end of the Summer Term to move to France. I am sure you will all join me in thanking him for his hard work over the last 6 years with us and wish him well for his new adventure.
In line with the guidance we have been given by Southend Borough Council, Mr Hanshaw and Mr Birkinshaw will take up the posts of Acting Headteacher and Acting Deputy Headteacher in September. We will then look to organise permanent arrangements for the longer term but we are delighted to have two such capable leaders stepping up to continue moving Chalkwell Hall forward in the interim period.
I have been in to school on a regular basis over the lockdown period to check on the arrangements for the key worker and vulnerable children and the school has performed a great job in making sure they are well looked after as well as staying open over the holiday periods. The school is busy prepping signs, taping floors, rearranging furniture, cleaning and organising timetables in anticipation of a return for more children. We have every confidence in being ready and as safe as possible for the 1st June if the Year 6 children are able to return on that date.
I have also been helping with making and delivering face shields for frontline workers and Chalkwell Hall, led fantastically well by Mr Hanshaw, has made our whole community proud in the work they have done to help keep so many others safe. Well over 13,000 face shields have been produced over the last few weeks – a brilliant effort all round!