09 Mar

Back to normal - thank goodness!

The Beast from the East has gone. Storm Emma has passed. Snow Armageddon has been averted. We are and have been back to normal this week. Schools can it be challenging places at the best of times but when natural events conspire to make it even more difficult for us it is how we respond to those events that mark the quality of the individual or the institution.

It is it has been great to get back to some sense of normality this week. As we have continued to work with the same high expectations of our children, with a significant degree of professionalism displayed by all my colleagues and, as a consequence, we have fallen nicely back into the rhythm of the school week, as in a typical March. As I regularly say, those things do not happen by accident. It is the work that we do throughout the year which gives us the facility to be able to manage, cope and often flourish when there are challenging days. We should be proud of what we do day in and day out and understand that it is that practice which establishes or allows us to get the better of whatever the weather might throw at us.

The attendance throughout this week by the children has been quite amazing. The stats aren’t in just yet but all indications are that it will be a record-breaking week. That suggests to me that many of our children, who weren't able to make it in last week, did miss what we do and felt that being here this week was doubly important. We should recognise and celebrate that very positive achievement.

We can all go into the weekend with the prospect of some warmer weather, and possibly, some sunshine. It is Mother's Day on Sunday. I do hope that we will recognise mothers everywhere; showing them the respect and love that they undoubtedly deserve.

‘A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.’ Victor Hugo