Happy Friday Everyone!
This week has been another strange week in the life of our school, although with increased numbers in the building, it does feel more like the building was prior to lockdown. Children are busy learning within their classrooms and I would like to praise their resilience and dedication to their studies. Every child has returned to school desperate to get back to learning and also showing maturity and understanding regarding the restrictions currently in place. In short, they are marvelous and a credit to their families and community.
This week I wanted to think about our community and raise an issue which genuinely makes me angry and frustrated. During the period of lockdown, I was pleased to note, that the area was mostly litter-free and I could see the benefit in terms of the impact on nature and on the wellbeing of people exercising in open spaces. As lockdown has started to ease, litter has returned and, in some cases, it seems worse than ever. I struggle to understand how anyone can be so short-sighted as to enjoy spending time in an area but would be happy to leave a mess for anyone else who may wish to go there. I have started to take spare carrier bags on my dog walks to pick up litter in my locality but am often over-whelmed by the magnitude of what is left. Sadly, people often leave food stuffs and broken glass laying around and on several occasions in the last few weeks my dog Fred has been sick as a result of finding and eating something he shouldn’t. If we were living in normal times, I would be talking about the issue of litter and pollution with children in assembly and asking them to help by using bins and asking their family members to ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ too. Please can you raise this issue with your children this week, if everyone does their bit we can look after the places where we live, work and play.
There are a number of resources to support learning about our environment including some very entertaining and thought-provoking YouTube videos. I would also recommend:
Enjoy your weekend, keep safe and look after each other and our world,