The current Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in schools closing to the majority of students with only a skeleton staff available to teach the children of keyworkers, but at Springfields Academy in Calne, it is an even busier time.
Springfields Academy is a school for children with special needs, in particular Autism, and remains open to children of keyworkers but also their most vulnerable students. Operating with just a small number of staff, they are doing everything they can to keep the children calm and reduce anxiety at such a difficult time.
One way in which they are achieving this is by creating a rather wonderful Rainbow Of Hope display currently taking shape along the hedges outside the school. Liz Burns, Lead for Therapy and Integrated Services Occupational Therapist has worked together with the children to create a colourful hand print sheet of support for the NHS and the children have joined in the nationwide 'Chase the Rainbow' campaign by adding an array of colourful pictures to the display.
Headteacher, Jon Hamp told us: "I thought because children have come in at such a difficult time, we need to keep it light-hearted and calm and this gets them thinking of other people and looking after each other. We have great staff here at the academy and we are all focussing on keeping the students calm and reducing stress. We have been doing lots of group activities and sports.
"We also have a huge online virtual schooling system in place for our students at home, I would like to thank the parents who have really been thinking up some great ways to engage in the learning with our children. Everyone is working very hard and I am very proud."
Look out for the display on Curzon Street and if you are driving past when they are adding to the display give them a toot or a thumbs up.