Saturday, 22 July 2017

Onwards to Summer

Another academic year has finished and we teachers, and our students, now look to an extended summer break. This can be a time of mixed feelings - the buzz of a holiday and pleasure gained from lots of 'free time' but maybe also some apprehension, particularly for our young people who find stability, structure and stimulus in school (I have also heard colleagues admit to this).

Within my own setting it has been a year of joy at seeing young people make big changes to their lives, which will hopefully continue to bring fruit as they move on from us. It has also been a year in which there have been some very challenging moments, moments of real darkness that have needed to be weathered and somehow overcome - individually and together.

I'm not really one for church-going but these well-known words from the Book of Ecclesiastes, seem fitting:

“For everything there is a season, 
and a time for every matter 
under heaven:

a time to be born, 
and a time to die;

     a time to plant, 
and a time to pluck up what is planted;

a time to kill, 
and a time to heal;

a time to break down, 
and a time to build up;

a time to weep, 
and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, 
and a time to dance;

a time to throw away stones, 
and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, 
and a time to refrain from embracing;

a time to seek, 
and a time to lose;
a time to keep, 
and a time to throw away;

a time to tear, 
and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, 
and a time to speak;

a time to love, 
and a time to hate;

a time for war,
and a time for peace."

Here's wishing you all a good summer...

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