Celebrating Nottinghamshire key workers and schools: children say thank you

28 April 2020

Thank you to keyworkers

Children of key workers in Nottinghamshire, who are staying at school so their parents can keep working, have recorded a series of heartfelt messages to say thank you to key workers, people still working at schools, and everyone who is staying home to help keep their parents safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The videos, made with the help of school staff over Easter, are to recognise the contribution of key workers across our county, as well as to show appreciation for school workers, including teachers, teaching assistants, site managers, cleaners, cooks and many others.

The idea came from Nottinghamshire’s Tackling Emerging Threats to Children Team (TETC), established to support schools and partner agencies around any issue which might potentially threaten the health, safety and wellbeing of a young person.

The TETC team thought this would be a fantastic way to celebrate the work of key workers, as well as show thanks to schools for their amazing efforts during such a difficult time.

Several schools have taken part, including Phoenix Infant and Nursery School in Gedling, Samuel Barlow Primary Academy in Clipstone, Mansfield, High Oakham Primary School in Mansfield, and Beckingham Primary School in Doncaster.

Watch the video messages

Elizabeth Moore, Head teacher at Beckingham Primary School, said:

“Because Beckingham is a small village primary school in the north of the county, we don't have many key workers children needing our care, but we are there for those who need us. The staff have been marvellous, as have the key workers’ children. Our small pool of staff has been happy to go to another local school with our key workers children, coping not only with a strange situation, but with a very different environment too. I am proud of both the staff and children.

“As well as the key worker children, pupils working from home have adapted extremely well to using a range of resources for their school work. The children are an inspiration to the staff and a credit to their parents."

Sarah Kahler, Principal of Samuel Barlow Primary Academy, said:

“We are really proud of the way our whole community has been united in this dealing with this situation. Children, staff and parents have had to take on different and changing roles, but all have done so positively and are ensuring that we are keeping each other safe.”

Councillor Philip Owen, Children and Young people’s Committee Chairman said: “I would like to say thank you to all school staff across Nottinghamshire, who have been doing a very important job, teaching and taking care of key workers’ children during the pandemic.

“They are enabling doctors, nurses, paramedics, police officers, firefighters, and everyone else doing such vital work to keep going in the fight against the coronavirus.

“The children are rightly proud of their parents, and I’m very proud of the children, for their resilience, determination and positive attitude.”

The project has been so successful, with many messages sent in, that a second video is planned, due to be released in May.

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