In his latest column for us, the Vicar of Mossley, Reverend David Warner, pays tribute to the work schools have done during the pandemic and explains his involvement in schools in his community.
For many of our schools, this week will mark the end of term.
January and February now seem like a world away and so much has happened since March.
Like many other essential parts of our community life, schools haven’t stopped - looking after the children of key workers, setting work and keeping in touch with families over these tense and challenging months.
Amongst the greatest privileges in Mossley is involvement in schools.
I am a governor of three Church of England schools, as well as visiting others, including Mossley Hollins High School.
The ‘governor’ part of my involvement takes up a lot of time and is hugely interesting, as together we support the staff, families, children and all who make up a school community.
The ‘Vicar’ part of my involvement is the part which is most fulfilling, with classroom visits, collective worship, and offering support and help wherever I’m invited.
Let’s raise a cheer for our teachers, teaching assistants and all school staff, and all they do for those in their care.
Next term will look very different, and across our schools the plans are well in hand.
In the meantime, I hope the school staff have a good break, the children and students enjoy their summer, and parents and carers enjoy it too!
In September the doors will open, and these wonderful school communities will be re-energised to do what they do best - educate, inspire, and prepare our youngsters for the rest of their lives.