Hello Everyone

These are strange and uncertain times we are living through at the moment. We have had 6 school weeks of lockdown, but it feels more like 60 to me!

Life in school is surreal with only around 20 pupils each day and around 8 staff, but everyone is making the most of the situation and it is great to catch up with everyone in person on the different days - I’m heartily fed up of video conferencing now!

I have stated in my letters to parents that I could not be prouder of our school community and I really mean it - the way pupils, parents, staff and governors have all worked together to make the best of the situation is truly heart-warming. It’s now clear that we won’t see KS3 pupils until September and we are currently planning to see Year 10 pupils for the last 4 weeks of term. This brings huge uncertainties for everyone and real concerns about how much progress could feasibly have been accrued after 14 weeks of home learning. I believe it is all the other developments that schools bring in the form of moral, social, spiritual and personal teaching that has been missed out on. One thing is for sure, we all have a huge task to ensure our pupils do not miss out on the developments we would all like them to have, both academically and personally when we do return to a more ‘normal’ school experience.

I must mention our incredible staff team who have made over 3,700 visors for health workers - they are truly an example to us all! I loved the Km challenge the PE department organised a few weeks ago - I enjoyed my daily walks up Billinge Hill more than usual, even though the pupils were out of sight at the end of the week! As a staff we were a very poor second, but watch out pupils, we’ll get you next time!!

I have loved seeing and reading the stories sent in by the pupils of the work they are doing whilst on lockdown, so please continue to send them in. Please watch our ‘Together at Home’ concert on our school website next Wednesday 20th May at 7.00pm - I can’t wait.

Finally, I think it is incumbent on all of us to be especially kind at this time and consciously savour the time we have with our loved ones (even if they do drive us a little crazy at times!) as we all have a finite amount of time in this world and there is nothing more important than our families. I take great inspiration from Mother Teresa and I will finish with one of my favourite quotes - “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, 'How many good things have you done in your life?' rather he will ask, 'How much love did you put into what you did?”

 

Mark Dumican

 

Posted by Plennon on 15 May 2020

Category: Headteacher's blog