“A person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal” (www.dictionary.com)
A hero for children as they grow up is likely to have brightly coloured clothes, possibly a cape but certainly the ability to perform acts that are beyond expectations for a normal human. When I was growing up, Superman was mine, although when I realised that his acts really were the results of someone’s imagination my allegiance moved to Hannibal from the A Team, played by George Peppard. There was a man who had vision, courage and a passion to succeed.
Miss Thompson published an assembly this week about heroes and suggested that there were many who were much closer to the children - the health service staff who are currently battling on the front line to protect lives. They have vision, courage and a passion to succeed and in the eyes of all of us they are heroes. However the assembly went on to recognise the lesser-celebrated heroes of our difficult times at the moment: the food delivery drivers; the supermarket workers; the emergency service personnel and so on. The list is long. We are surrounded by people who are prepared to put their health at risk in order to serve their communities.
Many children have shared their achievements from their week and I have been very impressed with the results. Despite needing to adapt to a completely different environment, with a new way of teaching, children have managed to reach some excellent levels across the curriculum. I am very proud of them all.
It has not been an easy week for parents too, with the need to juggle home and work life under new conditions. We are very grateful for the updates from parents and I would urge you to continue. As a school we place a huge emphasis on relationships because they underpin a child’s learning. Circumstances at the moment will be affecting children’s mental wellbeing but if we know the factors then we will be able to support children and families accordingly. We are a community and we want to be able to help.
The teachers have risen to the challenges this week, showing flexibility and total commitment. The weeks of planning that have been undertaken by the teachers have paid off. I received a large number of emails from parents today, at the end of the first week, praising the quality of the learning and whole teaching experience. I am very proud of the teachers and the staff working with the Key Worker children.
My heroes are people who show courage in the face of adversity, when things continue to knock them back but they refuse to be beaten. They show an inner strength like no other. If we return to the definition above I am in no doubt that the heroes from this week are the children, parents and staff of Yateley Manor. To adapt, remain calm, persevere, stay positive and refuse to give up on goals – these are special achievements. These are personal qualities that will see us through these difficult times. If children are in doubt over the coming weeks, please refer them to the lyrics of “Hero” because the hero is in them. It is in all of us.
And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you'll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you
(Songwriters: Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff)