Highs and Lows
The children have been back in school for 3 days and, in that time, I have experienced some overwhelming highs and some lows too.
I had been looking forward to welcoming the children and parents back to school with slightly fewer restrictions and yet I was not quite prepared for the wave of emotion that hit me on the first morning. The fantastic sight of seeing parents and children together was just wonderful. The bright eyes awaiting a new term, coupled with the realisation that this is the first time we have been able to see each other like this for a year and a half. It was very moving. I was also lost for words during the first school assembly. To have the children and staff together was just brilliant, like a family that has been reunited. I had to take a second before I spoke and at the back of my head the enormity of the last 18 months was so evident. It was wonderful to be back.
As can often be the case, when we return to school after a longish break (4 ½ weeks just didn’t feel enough given that the work does not stop at the end of term) there can also be sad news about events that have happened while the children have not been in. This was the case this week and it was tough to hear. If you care about your school community, you learn to celebrate the highs as well be affected by the lows.