Dear Valley Families,
March 17th is a day none of us will ever forget. It was the last ‘normal’ school day of the 2020 school year. Since that day in March we have experienced fear, confusion, frustration, grief, anxiety and loss due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Families have had to make adjustments to their daily lives that they could never have imagined. Parents, grandparents and siblings became co-teachers setting up makeshift classrooms within their homes while continuing to work, some at home and some on the front lines putting their own lives in danger. Teachers juggled planning lessons for their learners whilst parenting their own children and children became experts on ´See Saw’ e-learning. We can’t thank everyone enough for your endless hours of doing whatever was necessary to support learning at home. The support of parents is what truly makes Valley such an amazing and wonderful place to be.
As Michelle Obama once said: “You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it is important to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of life’s biggest advantages.”
So, although this pandemic has taken many things from us, it has also given us the opportunity to highlight what is truly important, family, friends, health and our community.
We will always remember the children of 2020. They were the children that were resilient, tenacious, adaptable and brave. Children that simply accepted the change in our world and showed that they could handle anything that was thrown their way, even a pandemic! Congratulations, you make me proud and I am honoured to be your principal. You keep me laughing and young at heart. My hope is that your experiences at Valley this year will prepare you for the challenges of life. Cherish your memories as you continue forward to new adventures, new dreams, new challenges and new successes.
To our school leavers, as you embark on a new chapter of your life, every experience in life will teach you something. You just need to keep an open mind and open heart to see what lessons the world has to offer. Know that you will be missed, and know that our very best wishes and thoughts go with you as you head off to your new schools. You have each contributed greatly to our school and will always be part of the Valley family!
To our dedicated and caring staff, your commitment during the challenges we had to face this year was outstanding. Bravo Valley Team!
To the members of our School Governing Body; thank you so much for all you have done to assist the parents and staff of Valley during this difficult year. Your willingness to be flexible and show empathy, and your unwavering support over the months of lockdown when school was closed, as well as your expertise and guidance during the important weeks when we had to get all the necessary protocols in place in order to welcome our learners back to school, is very much appreciated.
My thanks and appreciation to the wonderful Yearbook committee for putting together a wonderful collection of memories.
Here’s wishing you love, laughter and peace over the festive season.
With much love