Message from Caroline Lancey
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to our much shorter newsletter. In reality it has only been 3 weeks since the last one and as I said last time you are probably more aware of what your child is doing and seeing more of the teachers than you would do normally. So, I haven’t asked the teachers to write a piece this time.
At the moment I am holding on to this thought:
There was never a night or problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.
These have been very dark times but we are beginning to see the sun rise and our positive and optimistic hope for the future will help us to get things back on an even keel.
We are all thrilled (and all the other words) that the children are coming back we have missed them dreadfully. A school without children is like the ocean without fish. Just too awful to imagine. I will be sending out at the beginning of next week what the return will look like. You may want to check that shoes and school uniform fit, as your child may have grown over the last few months. This will give you just over a week to get them sorted out ready to start. It many ways it feels like another start of the year.
This is Our Priorswood Promise to your children.
We are incredibly proud of you
This last year has been exceptionally difficult. You have shown incredible resilience and adaptability. You have been selfless and put the needs of others before your own. You have made so many sacrifices and yet faced the challenges with strength and determination. There is much you’ve been told you’ve lost, including many weeks of your education, but there is much you have gained. You will emerge from this stronger. This may be the greatest challenge you have faced so far but it will not be the last. Next time you will find you have more resources and are better prepared (and even more so the time after that).
We are here for you
We know some of you will be worried about what the future holds. We want you to know we are here for you. We know you will need a chance to reconnect with your friends. We know you will need time and space to play and be active. We know you are desperate to get back to your sports/ music/art/acting and everything else that is so crucial to your development. We know that you are keen to get back to your academic studies in school as well. We know that evenings, weekends and holidays are as important as your time at school. We are committed to ensuring that your opportunities are balanced and wherever your passions lie you have the chance to pursue these. We will be here to encourage you, support you, challenge and help you every step of the way.
You are the future
You are the future and that future is not written. There are challenges but there always have been and always will be: we know we will get through this together. We have complete faith in you. We want you to know that; more than anything. Do not let us or anyone else tell you what you can or can’t be. We don’t know. We cannot imagine what you will achieve. But we are so excited to see and be a part of it.
We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday the 8th and whatever happens next, it will just be another step in your journey.