Only half a term left to go for the school year 2018-19. It has really been a speedy one. The last half term of the year will be a busy one with much to look forward to.
It has been a strange few weeks, owing to the unusual Easter holiday and other Bank Holidays earlier in May, it feels like we haven’t had as many teaching days as we normally would so far this Summer Term. Next week is the ‘Whit’ week holiday, which is one of my favourite holidays as the weather is often very nice and I celebrate my wedding anniversary on May 31st.
In England we have quite a few Bank Holidays, mostly linked to the Christian calendar although this year Whit Monday isn’t until June. The first May bank holiday marks the end of the winter and actually has links to the pagan festival of Beltane. It was instituted by the Bank Holidays act of 1871 to provide a three -day weekend for hardworking Victorian workers.
The second Bank holiday, which is on Monday, is known as the Spring Bank Holiday and been at the end of May as a fixed date since 1967. Prior to this, it was a changeable date, as it was always celebrated the Monday after Pentecost, seven weeks after Easter. This day was known as ‘Whitsun’ or ‘Whit Monday’ and actually falls on June 10th.
I really hope you enjoy the final holiday of this school year and come back ready to embrace the final half term on June 3rd.