20th April 2020
Dear Parents and Students,
Briefing as of 15.41 on Friday 17 April 2020
I hope you and your loved ones are well and have enjoyed a restful if somewhat strange Easter. Students and staff have now been away from College for four weeks and while two of those were the Easter holidays, somehow the days seem to merge. The effect of the ‘lockdown’ is really being felt now by the Howarth family and I’m sure it’s the case for you too. While it’s lovely to spend time together, enjoy the sunshine and appreciate the quietness, it’s also an unsettling and anxious time and we are all dearly missing seeing friends and family. I know our students are very much missing seeing each other and their teachers and we are missing them. Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, StarLeaf or Houseparty, to mention a few, are helpful ways to see faces and seeing other faces is so important. However, and may be this is a silver lining lesson to the screen generation (and by that I include everyone), nothing beats actually being in the company of people. I know we are all doing our best and learning to live this new way as we go though it’s no weakness to say ‘I’m finding this hard’. As HRH Prince William reminded us today, it is so important to talk about how we are feeling. For our young people, it’s even more important. Equally it’s essential to not think too deeply or listen to too much news about what’s happening in the world. It’s helpful to focus on that around you, the good, the kindness, the bravery and the selfless acts of fellow humans. If, at any other time, you had told me that a 99 year old man could raise upwards of £16 million by walking around his garden 100 times, I would not have believed you!
I hope the new term, starting on Monday, will bring some perhaps needed structure and purpose to our days.
What do we know?
I hope this is helpful. Please, as always, if you have any questions or concerns for your daughter, do contact her tutor or Head of School. And should we all be back on 5 May, it will be for all years including Y11 and Y13. We have some unfinished business to attend to, subject to social distancing measures of course. Hope is the enemy of surrender.