I’d like to start by thanking all of our pupils who have been sending in great examples of the challenges that we have been setting each week. It has been lovely seeing such creative ideas such as robots, churros, volcanoes, poems and street food recipes to name a few! Keep them coming and we will continue to post examples on our social media platforms. You will also have noticed that we are giving you the opportunity to take part in a daily cultural challenge; this is something we would like our whole community to interact with. Taking a virtual tour around the Vatican, wandering through the galleries of the Tate, exploring the aerial views of the seven Wonders of the World or watching the performances of the Legion of Extraordinary dancers, are all great opportunities to broaden our cultural knowledge. Today’s cultural challenge is to explore the Dalí Theatre-Museum, dedicated to the work of Salvador Dalí:

https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/museums/dali-theatre-museum-in-figueres/visita-virtual/

Please also see the resources which the History department have sent out this week about VE day on Friday 8th May, where we will be commemorating 75 years since the end of World War II.

We are 7 weeks into choppy waters, 7 weeks since lockdown started and life, as we know it, stopped. Our home, school and social environments all changed overnight. Jonathan Sacks said,

“when the environment changes, people who are members of strong and diverse groups are at a huge advantage. They contain people with different strengths, variegated knowledge, diverse skills, and by working together they can negotiate their situation with effectiveness and speed. They are collectively resilient”.

We as a community have been creatively thinking of solutions to problems that 7 weeks ago we didn’t even consider. As teachers and parents we’ve found new ways of teaching and working from home, creating innovative ways to keep our community feeling and operating like a community, despite our social distancing. It has been so uplifting to read pupil and teacher blogs and seeing how extraordinary individuals are going above and beyond on a daily basis. Please check out the song for the NHS written by one of our parents, which is in the charts and features one of our former pupils, a fantastic achievement to be applauded.

Perhaps we’ve discovered that with this ‘collective resilience’ we’ve coped much better than we could have ever imagined. We’ve been fuelled by a mixture of adrenalin, fear, determination and love for our pupils and families.  We’ve re-focused our perspective: the things that we thought were so important just 7 weeks ago, have now become an irrelevance, for now, perhaps forever. We are beginning to emerge with a renewed purpose and focus on what the future might look like.

Marcus Buckingham said, “A leader knows that the only way to make the world better tomorrow is to have the courage and the wit to face up to how it really is today”.

We have one eye on the future and one eye on the present. Today, things are tough. Some of the impact of this storm is visible, much is invisible. We are dealing with our own feelings of inadequacy and exhaustion, we are carrying the burdens that we don’t want to pass on to others, we are going back over recent events and asking, ‘what else could we have done’ and “how can we make this easier”? We know there is more yet to face. It will take all of our courage and wit to navigate through this into still waters, but our collective resilience makes this possible. We can do this if we work together.

We have one eye on the future and one eye on the present. We will re-build, re-focus, re-energise and re-establish what it means to live as a community, how we can create cultures of kindness and compassion and how we can challenge the inequality that this situation has laid bare. We need to take time out to acknowledge that this situation has been difficult and we’ve handled it the best way we could with what we knew. We must not beat ourselves up about the things we cannot control nor change. We have shown courage, despite the fear. We need to be kind and compassionate to ourselves too, so we can support those around us well.

This storm will pass, but until it does, we remain in it together. We are collectively resilient and we are CTK.

Take care and as always stay safe

Mrs Oliver

Source/ quotes Pixl.org

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