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“All shall be well…”

As we approach the end of 2020 it seems right to reflect upon this unusual year.

We should acknowledge the loss we have all felt. The loss of experiences, social connections and, most acutely, of loved ones who have succumbed to coronavirus or other ailments.  The unexperienced moments that result leave a void that will take time to heal.

But in every crisis comes opportunity.  We should, therefore, reflect on the courage to innovate and the determination to persevere during this year.

In our own homes, school, businesses, and across the world, we have found new ways to solve complex problems and demonstrated that no threat is strong enough to weaken the bonds in our school and global community.

I turn to someone with whom I share a home town, albeit some six hundred years apart, for a little wisdom:

“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well…”

Whether, like Julian of Norwich, you believe human solidarity and ingenuity to be products of divine love or some natural phenomenon, I believe we all have good reason to face 2021 with a spring in our step and a sense of optimism.

I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Fraser Halliwell


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