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What is this life if full of care

06 April 2020

Despite many misgivings, staff have slipped relatively seamlessly into the remote world of Teams and Firefly as though it had been ever thus. This has included a staff quiz - the quickest team to master the mute button did rather well - and staff meetings where we have shared top learning success stories and our Easter plans.

Graham Preedy spoke eloquently inspiring us all to make time to sketch. As someone actively discouraged from continuing with art when at school I asked what Graham would suggest for those who ‘can’t’ draw. His reply was thought provoking: stop and look at the detail; that is what drawing is.

Back rushed a long forgotten memory of a spider plant I spent many hours outlining when I was about 11 or 12. I could remember the shadows cast by the layers of leaves, the darker vein flowing through the centre of each one and the willowy falling of the longer swords. And more recently an artist friend who had been sketching a goat herd in a field opposite. Had I ever noticed goats’ eyes and how their pupils differ from sheep's? Should this question come up in the next staff quiz I will be confidently first to the buzzer.

There are many challenges to our current lockdown but unexpected bonuses too. The trees are budding but not so much that we can’t still see stunning squirrel acrobatics through the branches. Primroses, daffodils and cherry blossom are bringing colour to our footpaths and fields. We are blessed to live in a beautiful part of the country and this is a beautiful time of year.

I am reminded of William Davies' simple but beautiful poem that resonates with our time:
'What is this life if full of care
We have no time to stand and stare...'

I hope that, as the Easter holidays start, you may find time with your family to do just that. In this time of heightened anxiety and worry the peace and calm of just being is all the more valuable.

Kate Reynolds, Head

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