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A Six Month Slump? Now that's NOT Cranfield!

It has been a challenging week to lead our school as Covid-19 has unfortunately impacted on us. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the countless parents who have responded to these predicaments with positivity and support for our school, most notably parents of children in Little Cranes, Redwings and Kingfishers. I have greatly appreciated the smiles and messages of good will received. Rest assured, however trying times may become in the future, my commitment to the success and safety of our children and staff will remain unaltered. You may have realised that this week marks six months since Covid-19 meant the closure of our school to most children and the beginning of ‘lockdown’ as we knew it. Six months is an incredibly long time and today we still find ourselves impacted upon by this pandemic. Some of us have lost loved ones, many of us miss family who we are unable to see, and some of the most normal and simplistic gestures – a hand shake, a pat on the back, a hug from behind from an over-enthusiastic child! – are all sorely missed. I read an interesting thread on Twitter recently, in which Dr. Aisha Ahmed, a Professor in Toronto offered some wonderful advice. I would like to share excerpts of this with you below:

 “The 6 month mark in any sustained crisis is always difficult. We have all adjusted to this "new normal", but might now feel like we're running out of steam. Yet, at best, we are only one-third the way through this marathon. How can we keep going?... Of course, there are things we have to do. Work. Teach. Cook. Exercise. But just don't expect to be sparklingly happy or wildly creative in the middle of your wall. Right now, if you can meet you obligations and be kind to your loved ones, you get an A+… Take heart. We have navigated a harrowing global disaster for 6 months, with resourcefulness & courage. We have already found new ways to live, love, and be happy under these rough conditions. A miracle & a marvel. This is hard proof that we have what it takes to keep going. So, dear friends, do not despair of the 6 month wall. It's not permanent, nor will it define you in this period of adversity. Trust that the magic that helped you through the first phase is still there. Take a breath & a pause. You'll be on the other side in no time.”

 For those in need of a boost, I hope the above has provided just that. The Bible reminds us to “rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” (Romans, 12:12). Whether you are of any faith or none, I hope we can be hopeful, patient and prayerful together. In doing so, we will enable our children to flourish. Of course, it is not just the Bible we can learn from. Roald Dahl in ‘The Twits’ once wrote, “if you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” It is to those sunbeams in our school, both old and young, that I give my thanks!

Now, that’s Cranfield!