I am in no doubt that all of this was only possible because we all had the support of our pride. Within school, we have all supported one another in a whole variety of ways, both adults and children. Outside of school and in the wider community, we have continued to receive support from you, our parent body, as well as from some local businesses. Through necessity, we have learned how to both support and celebrate remotely. Just as the school building did not come alive until we had children inside, not being able to welcome parents inside has meant the school has a different feeling again. As I wander the corridors at various times of the day, I no longer see parents hearing readers or supporting with specific events such as helping students in the cooking room, nor do I see proud parents watching their children as they swim or learn ballet. It is these chance meetings and conversations that I truly relish because they are moments of connection. Those are ‘just’ the daily connections I treasure; we have also missed welcoming parents for class assemblies, soloist recitals, learning showcases, concerts, productions, sports awards, SDS events and so much more. However, our staff and students have once again excelled in their creativity. They did not spend time in self-pity, they sought more creative solutions not only looking for ways to share with you, but also for ways to support eachother and celebrate as a community here in school.
This week our Christmas parties/Christmas lunch/end of term celebrations have looked different again. We were unable to facilitate the tradition of crackers as part of our lunch, so instead they made an appearance at parties instead. Anecdotal stories from teachers highlighted what we hoped for among our students and, rather than the small plastic toys being left on the tables only to be thrown away with the other lunch debris, they were an apparent highlight of some parties; some were swapped and shared while others provided some quiet amusement and a sense of achievement. Indeed, I saw one boy in 1P with a very small hoopla and the sense of achievement he showed when he was successful in getting a tiny hoop over the stem was just wonderful. Sometimes in this digital world the simple things really can still bring pleasure.