I have to say that I hated my own school days. Strange how I ended up as a teacher myself !
I grew up when the best bands in history were playing. My teenage years were great times. 1967 - The Summer of Love. August 1969 Woodstock. The British Pop Invasion. The Apollo Moon Programme.
What a wonderful time to be a teenager.
Wind forward fifty years to 2070, what will today's teenagers be able to say about this time in their lives. The pandemic is robbing them of all that I had in my life.
School days are chaotic as teachers fight to bring as much normality to education as they can.
We RIGHTLY applaud our NHS as it goes the extra mile, the extra ten miles, the extra one hundred miles as staff care with love for patients. However, no matter how much pressure everyone is under staff have the foundation of training and experience to draw on. NOT THE SAME FOR TEACHERS.
I often say that NHS Nurses are not, as they are often referred to as, ANGELS - the are SAINTS. Also SAINTS are teachers, every teacher in every school.
During 2020 we have been doing bits and pieces to support our schools, teachers and students. In 2021 we need to redouble our efforts.
Once schools return after Christmas we need to start generating SMILE after SMILE after SMILE.
Within our quiz collection we have something special for teachers.
We will be asking teenagers to sign cards within Project Ronald for families with a child sick in hospital.
We have within our Care Home area a project where teenagers can become pen-friends with residents.
That's something produced a couple of years ago by OAKGROVE SCHOOL.
And this is something I did for Oakgrove School.
During 2021 we are tasked with putting SMILES, many SMILES on the faces of teenagers giving them something positive they can look back on and tell their children about.
We are tasked with supporting our amazing teachers through these hard times.