Most Friday evenings are anticipated with their sense of temporary reprieve in the air. Today, however, I’m sure there is an even greater sense of relief because for teacher-parents across the country, their parole day has finally come and houses can return to being homes rather than schools!
You will have read a few times of my gratitude and appreciation of the challenges faced, but here is another sincere ‘Well done and thank you’ for your remote learning support – let’s hope it is the last needed for a good long time. Whilst there are still three weeks of term left, the collective interim report for the time since January 6 certainly has plenty of 1s for effort across it!
We have had all bar a tiny handful of Year 7 and 8 children come for their first lateral flow test in the last 36 hours and all has gone smoothly. The testing team of Siobhan Keeling and Lyn Burgess (our medical sister and our boarding matron) are a welcoming and highly-organised unit who have been on point every day since 5 January giving everyone a huge amount of confidence.
Teaching and support staff have all been tending to the relevant areas and so we are as ready here as we can be for the return on Monday. We’re really looking forward to the energy and enthusiasm generated by having us all together here on site. Enjoy your weekend, sort out those last preparations for the school run and, for those who then head back home, you can start imagining the relative peace and quiet!