"The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances."
- Robert Flatt
Dear Parents and Carers,
I think we would all agree that it has been a very strange and interesting term. We started the new year with a lockdown, school closure and further restrictions on our lives. As we approach the end of this term, we celebrate the return of pupils to the classroom, better weather and hopefully the lifting of restrictions over the coming weeks and months.
Over the last 12 months I have often used words such as ‘unprecedented’, ‘challenging’ and ‘extraordinary’. None of us could have predicted what the world would unleash on us in March 2020, bringing the country to a social and economic standstill and education into unchartered territory. Who would have thought that we would be delivering lessons via remote learning platforms, that school corridors would fall silent and examinations would be cancelled? Even now I still can’t quite believe everything that has happened. Sadly I anticipate that the disruption is not quite over yet, but we are all hopeful that we are on the road to a return to normal life.
Yet we continue to strive for the very best in academic and character education for the pupils at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School. We have developed our remote learning provision, set up and run a Covid-19 testing centre, made countless phone calls to check on our pupils, carried out home visits and supported your children when they have needed us to step in.We have hassled the Department for Education for devices to support home learning, said countless prayers for everyone in our school community and have become experts at using Zoom and Microsoft Teams to connect with others. None of this would have been possible without your understanding and support; you have all been tremendous in working with us as a school to get through these really difficult times.
As we enter into this very holy weekend, let us reflect and remember the sacrifices made by Jesus, who died on the cross for mankind, reminding us of the power of love and compassion for others. Let us pause, pray and remember those who have died during this pandemic; may their souls be at peace in Heaven and let us always remember them.
We look forward to welcoming your children back into school on Monday 19th April.
Have a very happy, peaceful and holy Easter holiday.