During the Pandemic, my Blog has suffered somewhat as it has been necessary to write home to parents at least once a week. I am now going to try and write a few posts before the end of term. Today, Monday 14th June, we wait again for an announcement from the Cabinet Office that, according to information already leaked, will not be good news. The delay of at least four weeks in lifting of restrictions will take us to the end of term. Listening to the scientists over the weekend, I suspect we have not seen the last of this.
This weekend we saw the start of European Football Championships. I am sure many of you watched in disbelief as the events surrounding Denmark’s Christian Eriksen unfolded on Saturday afternoon. We wish him a speedy recovery. I am sure the football itself will cause enough discussion in the coming weeks.
Last Tuesday, I was struck by Gareth Southgate’s letter to the nation that appeared in The Players’ Tribune (Dear England by Gareth Southgate | The Players’ Tribune (theplayerstribune.com))
I cannot recall a time when any football manager addressed the nation through a letter. Usually they prefer press conferences, and it is a very powerful piece of prose. In it he draws out that abusive gestures or language has no place in our society. He points out that those who do use these words will be on the losing side. He is absolutely right that as our nations become more inclusive and we pursue greater equality, young people want a world in which there is greater tolerance.
Earlier this term in assemblies and again through Tutor time, all students were reminded about positive language. The words that we use should have a positive impact on those around us. I would ask you to support us in this at home. Poor choices around language are not acceptable, especially not in school, and that banter can easily become a mask for bullying and not to engage in it.