Welcome to our final edition of #PrideinProspect (at home). We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what we have been up to over the last three weeks – you can read it here.
This is the end of the most extraordinary term. When we shut to the vast majority of our students on 20th March, I admit I had absolutely no idea that I would not see many of you again this year. I would like to start by thanking you all, and your families, for the support you have shown towards the school and your teachers. You’ve sent us in your work, joined in lessons online, got to grips with new technology, sent us emails and stayed in touch through various means. In the last few weeks, we’ve been able to welcome back our Year 10 and Year 12 students and this week, we have also been able to meet our new students who will be joining us in Year 7. But I really can’t wait for you all to come back in September and for our Prospect community to be back together.
It’s not just Prospect that has been through enormous changes. You have all lived through one of the most challenging times in recent history – and no doubt your children in years to come will sit in history lessons at school and learn about the Great Pandemic of 2020. We hope that this will soon be just a memory, but I would urge you to stop and take some time to remember what you have been through – not just the closure of schools, but the weeks of isolation with just your family, clapping for our amazing NHS, seeing friends only online, shops being closed and for many of our community, a period of real hardship. We must also remember that many people have prematurely lost their lives and many families will be grieving for loved ones. I hope that we will all emerge stronger from the difficulties of the last few months.
Your teachers have certainly learnt new ways of teaching and you have all discovered new ways of learning. When you return in September, you will find the school a very different place, but we have been able to use the time to think about how we can move forward as a school and ensure that you have the very best opportunities and learning. In the meantime, I hope you have a very enjoyable summer holiday. Please spend quality time with your friends and families. Take the opportunity to learn some new skills, read a book, take up a new hobby, catch up with any bits of learning, but most of all, prepare yourself for returning to school. Practise getting up early, check your uniform fits (and is clean!), ensure you have all the equipment you need ready and packed in your bag and put a big smile on your face!
I am really, really looking forward to seeing you all again!
Very warm regards,
Mr D Littlemore