Executive Principal’s Blog – 11.12.20: “Hope is being able to see that there is light…”
I would like to once again thank all our parents and carers for their patience and understanding this week in particular as we have had to cope once more with daily notifications of students and their family members testing positive for the virus that continues to dominate our lives. Many of the notifications came through at the weekend when the school was closed and I would like to thank our incredible Pastoral Team and the Senior Leaders at Bushey Meads for their work to keep on top of the tracking and tracing that Public Health England requires us as schools to do.
Inevitably we have had to ask a number of year groups to work at home for a day or two to give us the time to finalise the students who then need to self-isolate. We do apologise for any inconvenience caused but, as always, want to put the safety of staff and students first.
In amongst the continued anxiety of living in the context of a global pandemic, staff at the school have kept a focus on learning and achievement and I have been so impressed with the hard work and independence that students have shown as they make every effort to progress and achieve their goals.
A number of parents continue to show their appreciation to the staff at the school and the continued positive impact that they are having on their children’s learning, epitomised by these recent communications:
Good morning, I do hope you are all well.
Firstly, I wanted to thank all the Bushey Meads Team staff members for the amazing job that you all do. You are working in a special moment with this pandemic. It must be really hard, but I am pleased to say that our son is feeling safe and happy to go at school every day.
He really loves the school; the way of teaching and he’s feeling much keener to study and is more engaged and involved in what he’s learning; so, thank you to all of you.
We wish a happy Christmas and All the Best for 2020.
Year 9 Parent
Dear Mr Turner,
Hope this email finds you well. I just wanted to reach out and express my absolute delight with this evening’s parents evening. I was really impressed with the process overall and found the evening very beneficial. The point of my email though is to express to you what a lovely team you have working for you. I can really see why my daughter’s transition has gone so well this term. Every teacher I spoke to this evening impressed me massively, they know my daughter very well already and what an inspiring bunch of people!
I’m in awe of all the hard work that your school and dedicated team has done this term, I cannot believe how happy both my daughters are at school given the current circumstances regarding Covid-19. Thank you for all your hard work in keeping their passion to learn alive, whilst doing your very best to keep them safe.
A very happy Year 7 Parent
The quote that has inspired this week’s blog has been attributed to Desmond Tutu the South African Anglican cleric and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. His words “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness” are a timely reminder at this time of year when most major religions take time to reflect and celebrate the concept of a ‘light in the darkness.’
As always, a huge thank you also goes to all the parents and carers for their continued support during this time; we do hope you remain safe and well.
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