On Thursday 16th July 2020 we were able to say our final farewells to our fabulous year 11 pupils. Each and everyone of them have come such a long way since the day they started with us.
It is with great pleasure the I can announce the reopening of Balsall Heath City Farm on Monday 13th July 2020. We are very aware that local families need to use our facility and give families and children some much needed enjoyment during this uncertain period.
To comply with rules around keeping people safe we have introduced an appointment system to ensure adequate social distancing and keeping people safe.
Information relating to the NHS Test and Trace service for Covid-19.
NHS test and trace: how it works: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works
“We have been through a lot, but the sun has always been there to give us hope, faith, and reassurance that things always get better. I hope others might feel inspired to express something that is true for them because I believe self-expression and any form of creativity heals our troubles and also helps us connect with other people that we can relate to and feel good with.”
Finding the current Coronavirus situation difficult to deal with?
A new range of mental health support services are available to support those living in Birmingham and Solihull.
Kooth is being provided now as a free, safe, and anonymous service to support young people’s emotional and mental health in Birmingham.
With the current situation that we all find ourselves in, young people will need support more than ever managing their mixed and conflicting emotions.
With Schools closed as a result of Covid-19, staff with children may be looking for activities to try at home with their children.
Place2Be have pulled together a list of recommended resources for families from some of their trusted partner organisations. The list can be found on their webpages.
Recently a parent sent me a WhatsApp message. “Thank you, Hafsha. We have just visited Buckingham Palace and the Taj Mahal – all in one afternoon! Tomorrow, we are off to see the Pyramids! Thank you!”
The message connected with me on so many different fronts. Firstly, I pondered at the amazing ways technology has enriched our lives. Imagine visiting both these wonderful palaces in a lifetime, never mind in the same afternoon during lockdown! Imagine stepping into the footsteps of those who walked before. How did they live? How did they heat the rooms? What did they eat? How did they home school their children?
I also thought about the learning opportunities and the rich conversations that followed the virtual visits. The pictures drawn, the stories written, the role plays that filled rooms with laughter and the wonderful memories created in a time of so much chaos and worry.