‘Lisanally, Lisanally, it’s the school for me, Lisanally, Lisanally, Best that we can be…’ it seems that this week’s Prize Givings proved there was no limit as to how good everyone can be. At the start of lockdown, there was so much emphasis in the media about what we could and could not do, but this week we proved that in Lisanally everything is possible. It takes more than a pandemic to stop us or to break the Lisanally spirit!
Throughout the time that we have been apart, I have felt that we’ve become closer. There is a shared bond that comes from having time to ‘get to know each other better’. That’s at every level. So much is dependent on trusting each other- feeling that its acceptable to be having that ‘high’, or equally that ‘low’, but confident that we are not strange or odd or alone; others are feeling the same, just at a different time. The big plus for us is our sense of belonging and that belonging has related to being part of the Lisanally family. Some have offered or availed of that support, while others have done so to a lesser extent. Everyone has dealt with this in different ways. We’ve all tried in our own way. It’s a case of doing what is right for ourselves… we can do nothing more than be the best that we can be…
We now head into the last week of the school term, with school finishing on Friday next. This week it was lovely to peep into the back of cars when families collected Learning Packs and Reports from school. Wow- how much everyone has grown! Equally, when the Lisanally minibus headed out on Thursday and Friday to deliver the Prize Giving Awards, there was much excitement from families when it arrived at their homes. We cannot wait for the passengers to include more than just a couple of socially distancing staff, but also excited Lisanally students.
Every year on the night of the Senior Prize Giving, many of the staff take time to stay behind in school after excited families have gone off home. It’s a chance to sit, have a cuppa and another piece of shortbread! It’s a chance to chat, and laugh, and shed the odd tear of pride as we reflect on the years of investment by families and school in shaping our children into the fine young adults they become. No two have the same journey, no two turn out the same way, but no matter what their challenges, we know that together we can make a difference. This week we had the cuppa, we had the laughs, we shed the tears- although we were physically apart, just for that special time we were very much together. Thank you to our boys and girls for making ours the best job in the world.
Tonight, we conclude the week with a video of our clergy who took time to come together via Zoom to send us a message. The SLT take to the floor for a final time this term, this time with ‘Three Little Monkeys’.
Next week we start to sign off June with a few highlights of the year…. A little text will ping on your mobile next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings to remind you of whose turn it is to shine…!
‘Lisanally, Lisanally, it’s the school for me, Lisanally, Lisanally, Best that we can be…’ Team Lisanally #BestTogether
Until next Friday… stay well. Kind regards Sandra