Mr Richards Words Week 7
It is so nice to be back at school. Whilst the rest of the country is under tighter restrictions, we have been able to carry on with education, which brings a sense of normality during the day.
One thing that is not normal is seeing young people and teachers walking around the site in masks. Whether at masked balls in Venice or a child at halloween, masks have traditionally been used to present an outward face to the world whilst hiding the real one. We all have to put on a different ‘face’ from to time depending on the situation we are in. Our current situation means we must wear a mask to show others that we care about them and their safety. The fact we have had 100% buy in to this shows me what a special place this is. Our pupils show respect to their peers and teachers, and take responsibility for their actions by bringing their mask every day. Whilst at first I felt deeply uncomfortable seeing young people masked up in school, that was quickly replaced with pride.
Election fever has gripped Senior Girls this week. There is a small part of me that misses the apathy of pre-social media era politics, but it is nice to see the pupils passionate about an election. As I write this, there is still no clear winner but there is a genuine buzz about the process. I think this shows me that the generation of young people we have responsibility for do care and do want to be informed about issues that will directly or indirectly affect them in the future, and that can only be a good thing.
Enjoy your weekend with your family and we will see you all next week.