Updated: Oct 14
As lockdown continues, Miss Debra discusses the challenges that we face and offers some words of positivity.
Whilst being together 24/7 can at times be challenging, it is always good to remind ourselves of the things that have made us smile.
The moments as a teacher when, even though you may not be able to see their faces, you know instinctively that the lightbulb has gone on over a student’s head.
As parents, seeing our children continuing to learn and develop their interests – those special moments that would otherwise have been missed had you been at work and they'd been at school.
As students, having the opportunity to learn from our parents first-hand, being together through something no one has experienced before, and learning how to deal with new emotions and feelings with the support of our loved ones.
These times are irreplaceable and wouldn't have been created had we not been faced with this adversity.
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We talk all the time about adversity and challenges and, as a parent, these come in many forms. The child in the trolley in the supermarket who wants a bag of sweets and you’ve said no and they then scream the place down; the teenager who just wants to stay out that bit longer or up that bit later but sulks for weeks when you say no; the young adult who thinks they know it all – you just want to tell them they're wrong but know they have to make their own mistakes before they’ll believe you.
All of these life experiences have been amplified by our time spent very closely together during these last weeks. And yes, it is only weeks really, although at times it feels like an eternity.
Parents: do you remember, as a child, how long it took for your birthday to come around? It's worth taking a second to reflect on how your children might be feeling as these weeks roll on.
To us, as adults, a week flies by, but to our children it may feel like an age. Also take a moment to think about how we, as adults, deal with our anxieties. We use our past experiences to put them into perspective. Our children may not yet have enough life experience to do this, and may need your support to understand these new feelings they are experiencing.
“Patience is a virtue” is an idiom used far and wide, and we have all had to develop an extra level of patience, with each other, with the situation we find imposed upon us, and with the technology we are faced with using every day. “Everything in moderation” is another piece of worldly advice, and when it comes to being in this online world in which we find ourselves, it is so important that we all manage our time. A day spent in front of a computer is not healthy, and that is why all of our teaching staff have been creatively thinking of ideas and ways for students to complete tasks away from the computer. Our parents have been supporting us in managing this – encouraging regular breaks, exercise and those all important healthy snacks. Now that parents and young ones can venture further afield why not take that maths, science or art on a walk with you too!
As a pastoral team of Heads of Years, Tutors and our Learning Support colleagues, we have been working hard to ensure that all of our students feel supported during the school day and beyond. We are working in partnership with our parents and carers as a team around our children, monitoring their health and well-being, and going that extra mile to provide support and care to all. As a child, parent or teacher, if you feel you need further support or advice please don't hesitate to contact us. We are here to help.
Finally, I would like to offer this word of wisdom from Zig Ziglar, American Author and motivational speaker:
“It is not what happens to you that determines how far you go in life, it is what you do with what happens to you”
None of us chose to be in this situation, but we can make it a positive life learning experience for us all.
Take care, keep safe and stay strong, or using the words of the Swans motto - let's get through it with positivity, proactivity and pride!
Miss Debra Hodder
Deputy Headteacher - Pastoral Care
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