Thanks to all who have made today a nice day for the children at school and at home as we come to the end of the school year. It has been lovely to see some of our Year 4 pupils who paid us a visit for their last day at St Nicholas by popping in for a socially distanced hello or a wave.
Mr Gough, Mrs Swan, Mrs Brady, Mrs Clay, Mrs Manning and I and indeed all of the staff team send our virtual hugs and thoughts to our Year 4 children and their parents who undoubtedly have been robbed this Summer. This generation of children are often talked about as needing to develop resilience, what a test this has been for them. When things don’t go their way or they are disappointed in the future, remind them of this time and how they did it, they made it, even if it was hard and how proud their teachers and their parents were of them.
An educational professional shared this in a daily briefing I read, in the knowledge that most schools in England broke up today and I thought it poignant, it is taken from Ecclesiastes, it might resonate with some.
To Everything There is a Season and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
When we went in to lockdown I wrote to parents and asked that we all remained calm and made our children proud of the way we managed this time and collectively I think we have. We have seen such extraordinary acts of kindness, togetherness, sharing, humility and good humour. Thank you to all of you parents and all of you children for the truly exceptional way in which you have stepped up to what has probably the most challenging time nationally in our lifetime.
Today our Year 4 parents and children may weep the missed opportunities, the rites of passage I mentioned yesterday in my letter, but their time to laugh, to build up, to heal and to dance in the words from Ecclesiastes are just around the corner and won’t we and they appreciate it when that time comes!