Dear children and young people,
First of all, thank you so much for working so hard at home and completing your work so well! Your teachers are really proud of you all and I am obviously delighted too. We are all keeping in touch with each other electronically – which is extremely new to me – but I’m enjoying honing my skills and getting to grips with all this new technology!
The weather today is much better than it was yesterday, so I will be off on my usual trek through Sutton Park later to clock up my 10,000 steps. I’m afraid I was really lazy yesterday and failed miserably – only clocking up 3,014 – which is hopeless I know! However, I have been doing my yoga class via YouTube and doing my best to avoid eating too much chocolate – which is always difficult!
We are nearing the last day of term, but it will be strange not being able to share our normal end of term assembly together. However, remember that I’ll be thinking of you all and looking forward so much to seeing you again (hopefully) in the not too distant future. You are such a lovely group of young people and I have been very proud of the way you have been conducting yourselves during these difficult times. I really miss being at School – I miss doing my rounds and checking up on you all and, believe it or not, I’m even missing Head’s detentions – which is worrying!
The garden at the Abbey will be looking lovely now and I know that the squirrels, foxes and birds are missing all the crumbs you drop during break and lunch times. I imagine the solitude of that lovely garden and the beautiful daffodils that will, in the words of William Wordsworth, be ‘tossing their heads in sprightly dance’! – look up the poem, ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ by William Wordsworth, Mrs Dawson and the English team will thank you for it! My own garden is looking lovely at the moment too and keeping Mr Moore very busy – which is a blessing!
I hope you’re managing to stay focused and occupied when you’re not doing your lessons and perhaps trying to learn some new skills? I want to learn how to play the penny whistle so have sent off for one from Amazon and will be tuning in to YouTube for some online tutorials… watch this space! I may be able to join the School orchestra if I persevere –the musicians amongst you are probably groaning ‘please NO!’
I’m attaching some information from The Children’s Commissioner entitled ‘Children’s Guide to the Coronavirus’ (cco-childrens-guide-to-coronavirus) which contains lots of information and ideas on things to do during this difficult time. Parents, please note – you may want to read it through with the younger children.
Anyway, I am going to close for now but will be in touch again tomorrow to wish you all a Happy Easter! In the meantime, stay safe and strong and remember how very special you all are – here are some words to lift your spirits and remember that no one can ever be allowed to steal your dreams:
Some silly jokes (I got them from Mr Sneary…)
Remember to be helpful around the house – try and help mum and dad out as much as possible and I will be awarding House points when we get back to normal! Parents, please let me have some ideas of how your lovely children have been helping you!
Bye for now and ‘see’ you all tomorrow!