Spring is teasing, the daffodils are opening along the road, the crocus and snowdrops are in full bloom. It is however raining and snow is forecast, just when you dare to dream of summer time. Nothing can dampen our spirits though, or take away from the sense of relief and delight that our primary school is no longer on any closure lists.
The day after we received the notification youngest handed me a letter saying I was to attend the school the following afternoon as they had important information to share. When I asked what it was about she shrugged her shoulders and feigned ignorance. As she got out of the car the following morning a little smile spread across her face, "don’t forget you’ve to be in school this afternoon".
I duly turned up at the school after lunch and was met by two pupils who ushered me into a classroom along with a gathering of other parents. We sat intrigued before we were called into the hall. There, lots of smiling faces beamed up at us from behind tables neatly laid with juice and trays of home baking, and the words ‘Surprise’ sang out as we entered the room. Some of the pupils had been busy baking at their cookery club and a celebratory tea party had been arranged. Youngest had of course known all along. Two of the older pupils stood up, welcomed us to the tea party and said very simply ‘we wanted to say a big thank you, we couldn’t have done it without you’, and do you know I don’t think there was a dry eye among the parents, because it was so heartfelt by everyone in the room. The teamwork of the last couple of months has served to strengthen us as a community and make us appreciate the most important things we have, our happy, healthy young people.
Until next time….