It is hard to believe that it is the end term, and my first here at St Michael’s! It has been a total joy to join this remarkable school and already, I feel very much at home here; thank you for your welcome.
We have had a superb finish to a difficult term, and it has been truly wonderful to hear and see the children back on site; learning, having fun together and simply enjoying one another’s company again. What is not to love about this school? St Michael’s offers a truly remarkable environment for children to grow up and the atmosphere here, really is quite special. As you will appreciate, a school is far more than bricks and mortar and whilst we enjoy a remarkable setting and superb facilities, it is the people that really matter. I have been hugely impressed by this community, by the pupils, parents and staff. I have been hugely impressed by the teaching and support staff here and am grateful to my colleagues for their commitment to each child, their hard work and the resilience they have shown over the past few months. It has been a challenging time, but one that we will emerge from stronger and more unified as a community.
We look ahead to the coming term with a renewed sense of optimism as increasingly the country ‘opens up’ once more and as a school we can begin to embark on greater opportunities for our children. We are excited about the term ahead and are planning do as much as possible in terms of the co-curricular life of school – trips, visits, sports fixtures and other fun activities for our children. However, we have come to expect the unexpected and must caveat our plans with an understanding that they are subject to change, should government guidance dictate, or risk be deemed too high. We are mindful that within our community there will be a range of experience related to Covid and we must continue to exercise caution and respect one another’s feelings in this regard.
The end of the Trinity Term at St Michael’s has traditionally been marked by a celebration of sporting endeavour at the Prep Sports Day, followed, in recent years, by a BBQ and then an evening of children and adults alike enjoying time to relax and unwind with friends. The events of the past 12 months have seen our opportunities to spend time with friends and relatives seriously curtailed, but we are planning, with the necessary guidance in place, to still run a Prep School Sports Day that will allow not only child participation across the Prep School, but also parental support and celebration. We are also planning to run the BBQ at the end of the day but have taken the difficult decision that we will not be camping this year. We are all still committed and looking forward to marking the end of this academic year, a year that has presented us all with challenges we could not have possibly envisaged twelve months ago, with the chance to chat, laugh and raise a glass within our spectacular grounds. We very much look forward to welcoming as many of you there as we can when we are permitted to do so.
Please do take note of diary dates, as we plan to hold our usual end of term events, including Pre-Prep Sports Day and Prize Giving, Music Concert and Art Exhibition etc. These occasions are likely to take a slightly different form to previous years and we will give more detailed information nearer the time. Your patience and understanding are appreciated as we navigate guidance and various restrictions that are likely to exist. Please rest assured that, as ever we will be creative and work hard to find solutions in order to celebrate and make meaningful the final weeks of term, particularly for those leaving the school in Years 6 and 8.
Finally, may I wish you all a wonderful Easter break. I hope that you are able to find time to rest, relax and perhaps even get an appointment at the hairdressers!
With best wishes,
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