End of half term message
This week as we reflect back over the half term and think ahead to what the next few months will bring, I am acutely aware that some will be feeling under pressure, pensive, anxious or just downright fed up.
As such I think it is important to remain focused on the things within our control and to manage these as positively as we can and acknowledge the achievements of children, parents and school staff in working together to restore some level of normality to the lives of our little ones.
Jacinda Ardern the Prime Minister of New Zealand spoke many sensible words in her address to the United Nations recently. Whilst she was talking about New Zealand in terms of trade, economy and position in the world, much of what was said can be related to as we think to the future:
“Perhaps then it is time to step back from the chaos and ask what we want. It is in that space that we’ll find simplicity. The simplicity of peace, of prosperity, of fairness. If I could distil it down into one concept that we are pursuing…it is simple and it is this. Kindness in the face of isolationism, racism.… – the simple concept of looking outwardly and beyond ourselves, of kindness and collectivism, might just be as good a starting point as any.”
“To being pragmatic, empathetic, strong and kind. The next generation after all, deserves no less.”
If we can continue through these difficult times to work together in a spirit of togetherness, kindness and selflessness keeping the children at the centre of our decision making then this should be our focus and certainty.
Thank you for your support for what we try to do at St Nicholas.