Being part of history 2020

 

Documenting Our Experiences

 

Do you remember being at school and learning about how children felt and what they did during the war?

That is because information was recorded. We are currently living in extraordinary times and future generations will be looking back at our experiences. We asked our School Community to record their thoughts and feelings for future generations. 

 

 

Experience of Lockdown in no particular order - Miss Allcock

*walking 

*sorting out my house

*Sorting out mum's house

*Looking forward to shifts at school (even though a little apprehensive)

*doing a video phone call for the first time

*zoom quizzes on a Saturday night with my children and their partners

*my daughter leaving flowers on my doorstep, talking to her through the window, giving her a hug (with a pane of glass between us) both of us in tears.

*realising that all mum's years of hoarding had been leading to this moment - to give me something to do and keep me busy - going through her stuff has been a real journey, in tears one minute and laughing out loud the next.

*I love living on my own but this is a whole different ball game - to not be able to pop round and see my children and grandchildren is a killer

*good days/bad days

*groundhog days

*knowing that everyday that passed is a day nearer to some sort of resumption of "normal life"

*Loving how much Miss Gregory is enjoying herself

*missing the children from school (who were at home)

*as the days pass you get more and more used to it

*I became a dab hand at social distancing whilst out walking - zig zagging from one side of the road to the other - it was great because it increased the number of steps you were doing.

*One day I remember ( and I love walking) thinking "I don't want to go for a walk today!" and then realised how lucky I was that I could go for a walk.

*wondered at the beauty of Spring during my walks

*loved listening to the birds singing

*despaired at the speeding drivers

*was so grateful that my dear mum didn't have to endure any of this.

*started watching "Vikings" (on the recommendation of the lovely Miss Gregory)

*enjoyed not having to put my alarm on every week day.

*started reading books again

*am even stronger than I knew myself to be

Thoughts on "Being part of History 2020" by Miss Chesworth

Inside my head by Miss Twist

Being part of History 2020 by Mrs Drabble

The date 20.3.2020 is one that will remain embedded in my memory forever.

As I watched news of the developing world pandemic, I could not believe what I was seeing. When I heard that our school would be closing, I was very shocked and felt anxious about what the coming weeks would bring. Many questions filled my mind: Would I see the Year 6 children again before transition? When would I see my work colleagues again? One of the first things I noticed when I did eventually return to our classroom was the calendar still showing 20.3.2020. It felt very emotional.
Since the school closure, I have enjoyed time with my husband, who has been working from home. Like many people, we have kept busy: getting household jobs done, gardening, decorating and indulging in some hobbies. This has given some comfort during these troubled times. However, an underlying sense of unease has remained as the pandemic has developed. As well as this, I have missed my extended family: my parents, children, their partners and grandchildren. We have managed to keep in contact, but I look forward to us all being together again in person soon. Overall, I have tried to remain positive and optimistic over the last few weeks; I look forward to being reunited with both my personal family and my school family very soon. 

Being part of History 2020 by Mr Morgan - Chair of Governors

Although I am retired, lockdown has given me the opportunity to do some “rainy day” things, not least doing some reading.  I was born in 1956 and thought we had a relatively easy life, that is until I started reading about things that I can hardly remember. For example in 1969 80,000 died in the UK in an influenza outbreak and in 1961 the world was very close to nuclear war. 

Life is a series of challenges and most people get through somehow, but what it does make you make you realise is that we are stronger when we work together.

The press almost enjoyed reporting all the bad things that were happening such as the battle for toilet rolls and hoarders stripping the shelves of essential items.  What they didn’t report was all the good things that were happening, where people were pulling together and looking out for venerable neighbours.  The people who went into work to make sure there was food on the table, that there was transport, the nurses, doctors, cleaners, school staff; so many heroes.

All this will soon be history and one of the most important tasks will be to make sure the children catch up and get the best possible education so that when we have the next challenge we are as prepared as we possibly can.