Lightening Strike

12th June 2014
All the staff would like to thank you one more time for your patience and understanding this week.

On Monday morning we arrived at school to find that lightening had struck the school during the weekend.  We have a lightening rod on the roof which did what it was meant to and took the lightening to ground.  This ensured that there was no structural damage to the building.  However, this resulted in the energy from the lightening being directed to the nearest electrical forces, which were our telephones, internet connections, fire alarm and security system.  The lightening had been sufficiently powerful to prevent the alarm triggering an alert with our alarm company, meaning that the school did not know about the situation before Monday. 

Our very able IT technician managed to tether a personal phone to part of the Junior school network so that we could communicate with you via a 3G signal. 

Although it took longer than we would have liked, all of our systems have now been restored and the school is now operating as normal.  Thank you once again for working with us through this exceptional circumstance. 

11th June 2014
We are still without telephone lines at the school.  Unfortunately, yesterday our interenet connection also failed, hence why there was no update yesterday.  This has just been restored (10:00am) and we are again able to receive e-mail communication.  
Thank you for your patience. and we will continue to keep you informed of any progress made.
Please send any communication to the following 2 e-mail addresses; 
(send to both to ensure all working hours are covered)
9th June 2014
Dear Parent or Guardian,
Firstly, we'd like to thank you all for your understanding on what has been a challenging day at Shirley Infant School.
At the present we still have no telephone lines or fire alarm system.  We are hoping that these will be restored by tomorrow, but we cannot guarantee that this will be the case.
We will contact you again tomorrow at 8:00am if there are continuing problems.
Kind Regards,
Emma Fay
Administration Officer