'Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength' | Portsmouth High School

‘Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength’

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength’ – Corrie Ten Boom.

I wonder what you are missing the most in lockdown? I am missing seeing family and my hairdresser. People who have to look at me either online or in person are missing my hairdresser too. In these desperate times it becomes easy to focus on what we find difficult rather than what we are finding easier.

I do appreciate seeing colleagues in the office and I realise I am fortunate to be able to walk to work. I enjoy talking to the pupils albeit mostly online. Year 7 form captains’ lunch last Friday was an uplifting way to end the week.  I am grateful to the staff who gamely took part in our PHS version of the “Masked Singer” and after half term we hope to host “Through the Keyhole” with our version of “who lives in a house like this?” This week we were all inspired by the wonderful Gala Concert and with so much talent on display who could fail to be stirred by such performances. I am looking forward to our birthday service where PHS celebrates turning 139 years old. We usually mark the occasion with the tradition of a Cadbury’s Creme Egg gift given to each pupil which will have to wait until we are back on the premises in full. Something for everyone to look forward to receiving.

It is easy to worry about the “what if” and in a school context planning for what might never happen is now part of everyday life. The media reported this week that of all the school year groups Year 11 are suffering from the most anxiety and that is understandable. However, it is not a competition as who is the most affected and all students and children, even ones at university, are missing out as the world wrestles the pandemic under control.

I do hope you have an enjoyable half term; we all look forward to a return to the school site, hopefully before Easter.