After a week of West Hill School doubling up as a covid testing centre, as well as a school, we have successfully tested boys at least once.  Testing will continue on site during next week, but the collaboration between, staff, boys and families this last 5 days will mean all of our boys will be back on site Monday morning.  This will be for the first time since December last year.  It is a moment that cannot arrive soon enough for the wider West Hill family. 

We are still some time from reverting to the status we want to be at, but the sense of all boys being back on site with all staff, is a welcome stepping stone to full normality.  Whilst there is a slight sense of euphoria around the return, nobody can be complacent.  We will not underestimate the importance of maintaining the approaches taken to date, to provide as safe an environment as we can.  There is still a price to pay, but the rewards for us all on sticking together to address this challenge, should be self-evident. 

Our intentions will be to maintain our regular timetable commitments as before, whilst looking to reintroduce the extra curricula provision that we are so renowned for, as soon as we can.

Yesterday provided a poignant reminder of how important the notion of the West Hill family is to our community.  Staff past and present lined up outside school along Stamford Street, to show our respects, as the funeral cortege of our former long serving caretaker Denise McMylor filed past.  Denise sadly passed away recently.  She, and her family, served West Hill over many years and that brief moment of reflection, illustrated how we as a school stick together in the difficult times. That sometimes will mean grieving together, but we also know that before too long we will be able to celebrate together, and that is even sweeter when we are part of such a special community.

 

Mr Owens

Posted by Mr Owens on 5 March 2021

Category: Headteacher's Log Book

Tags: Community Headteacher