At the beginning of this academic year, it has been a pleasure to see the school return in its entirety again. The children have settled so well into their classes and you can already feel their engagement and curiosity beginning to grow and new relationships being formed with their teachers.
Although we are closely following the required COVID procedures, there is a sense that the school is steadily returning to a state of normality. Specialist teachers are delivering their lessons, school dinners are being enjoyed once again and swimming is set to return for those children in Year 1 and above this week. I am hoping, as I am sure we all are, that we can keep heading in this direction and that in many ways the school can come back even stronger than before.
I would like to finish by stating a heartfelt thank you to all of the school community during my period of illness prior to the summer. The children were outstanding, whether learning remotely or in school and the parental body could not have been more supportive to the staff in assisting them in achieving all the amazing feats towards the end of the summer term.
As for the staff, they are a very special group. How they delivered lessons, cared for key worker children, looked after the grounds, kept the office running and brought the school back following the period of remote learning was truly remarkable. This showed commitment, dedication and creativity as well as a desire to keep standards at Forest as high as possible.
It's been lovely to see everyone again and I'm confident this will be another successful term at Forest.