Headteacher Update 18th December 2020

18/12/20Headteacher Update 18th December 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you are well. This will not be the last email I send today – please be ready for another email later as we try to make sense of the government’s suggestions from the last 2 days.

My favourite school events are those where we can celebrate the achievements of our students in a collaborative way. This happens at our annual Carol Services at St John’s Church in Hartford so it is a great sadness to me that we have been unable to hold the services this year. My role on these occasions is to read my favourite Bible passage from the gospel of John: ‘The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it’.

Never have these words felt truer to me than this year. This time last year many people were looking forward to the day when Brexit was not the only item of news on the broadcasts; although it has re-emerged recently, I would gladly put up with wall to wall Brexit news again if it had meant that Covid-19 did not exist. We have all faced dark times and uncertainty since March and we have all looked for rays of hope and sunshine on the horizon. Christmas is a time when we see this hope; the only reason we celebrate Christmas is that we celebrate the birth (and life and promise) of Jesus. Attached to this email are details of the Virtual Services to be held at St John’s Church over the Christmas period – I commend them to you.

The light for us for 2021 comes in the form of a vaccine that is already being delivered to some of our most vulnerable groups. Apart from the self-isolation period now being reduced from 14 to 10 days we were also informed yesterday that there will be a roll out of rapid testing in schools in January; this will enable us to reduce still further the time needed away from school for affected students and staff. More details to follow on this.

However you choose to celebrate Christmas I hope it is a peaceful and safe time for you and your loved ones; and to everyone, I truly hope you have a happy and healthy 2021.

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland

BSc, PGCE, MA, NPQH                                                                                                          

Local Public Health Trainee, Test and Trace Expert, Purveyor of Terrible Puns/Jokes, Eternal Optimist. (Some items in this list do not carry formal qualification requirements).