What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #11

Dear Parents,

Firstly, may I take this opportunity to wish you and your precious families a very happy New Year; and I hope that are all safe and well. 


Last year, when the announcement was made that schools would be closed and that children would have to engage in Remote Learning, we were shocked, stunned and for some, terrified. This time around, although some may still feel like that, we are definitely better prepared.

I found that after Lockdown, The Original, I had more energy and enthusiasm for teaching than I have ever had. Something rather special happened to me (and to a number of my colleagues) …I realised just how much I enjoyed teaching and being a part of your children’s lives. When Boris Johnson uttered the word…lockdown, my initial reaction was one of disappointment – not again! But I pulled myself together and spoke the words that I have adopted as my new mantra for 2021…Choose to be Joyful. I re-focused my energies and frame of mind, dashed to my laptop, and prepared for online lessons.

Today did not disappoint. In fact, it was just what I needed. I dialled into my classes and was instantly met with a sea of bright-eyed, happy and smiley faces. The children were the remedy I needed. Children have the most incredibly infectious energy; we can learn so much from their resilience and ways that they adapt to their changing environments.

Before I started my lessons this morning, I headed out into the darkness and set up my laptop and camping chair, on the front lawn of the school. As I did last term, I will record a 2-minute “Food for Thought” devotion called These Times. This is intended to kick-start the children’s day and offer them something to think about. Today was about choosing to be joyful and choosing to be happy and make others happy too.

‘Life is difficult..’ – the opening line of the book The Road less Travelled; this is true and this pandemic has certainly amplified some challenges and struggles. But we have a choice. We have the choice to be joyful.

Until next week, take care and if you need some food for thought, These Times might be for you.

Regan Schreiber



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