On a cold and wet Wednesday morning this week I eagerly stood at the gates of our Dabrowskiego campus to welcome back our youngest learners. To see the mixed emotions of excitement and uncertainty on the children’s small faces made me weep inside.
Never as a school leader have I felt such strong emotion about welcoming children back to school. When a new term begins we have a definite start date both us and the children have mentally had weeks or even months to ready ourselves for a return to school after a holiday break.
This time we had only a few days’ notice and whilst we had been physically planning for campus re-opening before we had even closed I don’t think any of us had spent enough time thinking about the emotional planning needed to ready ourselves for re-opening.
Earlier this week Mrs Prabhu and Mrs Parker-McMahon had presented our re-opening plan to Nord Anglia Education’s Regional and Group Health and Safety Directors. Our plan was scrutinised by Nord Anglia against their own internal requirements for re-opening and also against the guidelines presented by the Polish authorities. I was delighted to be told after the meeting that we have far surpassed all expectations and The British School Warsaw was singled out as the ‘most prepared’ NAE school in Europe for re-opening. This is testament to both our Academic Team led by Mrs Parker-McMahon and Mrs Prabhu and also our logistics and administration team led by Mr Leszek Cykowski, Director of Administration.
I would like to publicly thank all of our staff involved in preparing the school campus for reopening both at Dabrowskiego and Limanowskiego and for the enthusiasm shown by so many of our staff in wanting to get back into school to meet and teach our youngest learners. I hope to see even more children back at school next week.
Wishing every one of our community a safe and healthy weekend.