Day 33 of COVID 19 shutdown @ Spires Academy

    Posted on: 06/05/2020
    Teacher Appreciation Week
    The staff at Spires would like to say thank you to you, the parents, who have become the teachers over the past 6 weeks.  You are teaching your children more than you know - about education, life and the importance of family.  You are inspiring them to discover for themselves and love learning, and you are making a difference to their well-being and long-term success.  You have found ways to encourage them and celebrate new achievements with them in difficult circumstances.

    We found the following on Facebook and wanted to share it with you…

    Many people are concerned about students falling behind because schools are closed. Yes, they may fall behind when it comes to classroom education...
    BUT, WHAT IF...
    What if instead of falling “behind", this group of kids are ADVANCED because of this? Hear me out.
    What if they have more empathy, they enjoy family connection, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read, they love to express themselves in writing.
    What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own backyard and sitting near a window in the quiet.
    What if they notice the birds and the dates the different flowers emerge, and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower?
    What if this generation are the ones to learn to cook, organise their space, do their laundry, and keep a well-run home?
    What if they learn to stretch a fiver and to live with less?
    What if they learn to plan shopping trips and meals at home.
    What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good to share in the small delights of the everyday?
    What if they are the ones to place great value on our teachers and educational professionals, librarians, public servants and the previously invisible essential support workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, custodians, logistics, and health care workers and their supporting staff, just to name a few of the millions taking care of us right now while we are sheltered in place?
    What if among these children, a great leader emerges who had the benefit of a slower pace and a simpler life to truly learn what really matters in this life?
    What if they are in fact AHEAD?
    Written by Genette Ellcock

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