Yesterday, I received this message from Reverend Rosie, the new Chaplain to Brighton College. It touched me and so I thought I would share it with you:
“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. And the people began to think differently.’’ (Kitty O’Meara)
I was also drawn to the story of Noah's stoicism in the face of the flood, which contains a couple of passages that seem to me very relevant at the moment. It may seem at present that "the dove can find no rest for the sole of her foot", and is unlikely to for some time. Noah is later reassured by God that "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease". This is perhaps a Biblical paraphrase of "Keep calm and carry on", which is exactly what St Christopher's intends to do. Lessons will still be taught, a wide variety of learning will take place, and pupils and teachers will continue to work together to maintain the high standards we prize.
It is my sincere belief that our school community will find itself even stronger for weathering this particular storm.