10 Sep

Welcome back

I hope that you all had a great holiday. And that the return to school has been good. It has feel felt very calm around the school and the children seem to have come back with positive attitudes and a desire to learn. Long may that continue! I

should mention the very impressive examinations results received by our pupils this summer. It is a testament to their hard work and the hard work of so many staff, over the past five years, that so many pupils achieved way beyond their expectations. In the very dark days of all that curriculum reform we could not have imagined that we would have made so much progress with and for our pupils. I congratulate them and I thank all of our staff for their commitment and dedication.

Don’t take this the wrong way but I’m glad we are all back at school. As the calendar moves round to the end of August there is something in the natural biorhythms which encourage get one to get thinking about the return to school and all the positives that might bring. It isn’t just that too much of a good thing isn’t good for you and that with too much time away from school holidaying can become as tedious as working. It is the desire to get back into an environment where one feels one can make such a positive contribution which motivates.

It’s a truth that one can feel somewhat safe in school- an oasis of calm - in these very turbulent times. There is a purpose to our work. Many of us who choose to work in schools do so for very personal and moral reasons. We do not do this work for the pay, or the glory, or even for the congratulations - a thank you every now and again would be nice. We do this because we believe in education and what education can do to change lives. It is worth remembering and reminding ourselves of that, at the beginning of this school year. It is also worth revisiting that throughout the year. As the days get darker, the weather gets poorer, we can forget the reasons why we do what we do and why it is so important.

So as August ends and September starts I am reminded that what we do is desperately important, it is significant and that we all do make a difference.

‘It's one of my favourite seasons of the year: Back to School. As a kid, I loved fresh school supplies, new outfits, the change of seasons, and the chance to crack open a new textbook.’ Dana Perino