After two full weeks back at school, I have taken a moment to reflect on the last six or seven months and the journey we have all been on; globally, nationally, locally and within our precious schools and families.
When standing on the door each morning I take a moment to feel grateful for the fact we are open again, and that the sound and sight of children and their interactions fills the school. There are differences of course, but we are getting used to these and building them into our routines naturally and without a fuss.
The memory of our empty school during lockdown is not one I relish, but it has made me appreciate even more deeply what we have at Grimsdell.
My reflections, like most people I am sure, are about gratitude, positivity and appreciation of non-material things, and I hope to maintain these values with great substance both personally and as part of school culture so that our children will absorb and embody them.
Here are my observations and lessons from lockdown about children, their development and education.
Sometimes it feels we have lived 100 years in six months, and sometimes we wonder if there will be another 100 to go before the year is out. But regardless of that, children will always find joy in any situation and give us hope.
Kate Simon, Head