It was wonderful to welcome back Prep School pupils last week, in numbers we have not been allowed to see for many months. After such a long time, my staff and I have never been so pleased to see the beaming smiles, hear the excited chatter and watch the children charging around on the fields.
A semblance of normality has certainly returned, but as the pupils were reminded in assemblies this week, whilst much is the same, there are significant differences to be expected too. In ensuring that we are all able to work in a safe environment, the children were taught about the new procedures and routines in place to ensure that hygiene is maintained and that everyone adheres to year group bubbles. In being asked to ‘Remember to WISH’, new golden rules were shared with the whole community.
The most important of these is to work together, to look after each other, helping everyone to remember the key rules all the time. Whether boarders or day, new pupils or old-hands, young or old, I have been delighted with the manner in which the pupils have taken in their stride the arrangements in place.
As the children have been reminded, all staff hold high expectations of each one of them and I am pleased that they have started on just the right note at the beginning of this new school year. A particularly warm welcome is extended to our new pupils, who are not only returning to school life once again, but in a new school environment. They have new routines with which to become accustomed and new friends to make, but are surrounded with enthusiastic staff to help them figure it out. It is wonderful to see these new faces looking so settled, making friends and thoroughly enjoying life at DCPS – long may this continue!
Naturally, despite all the planning and preparation, some of the logistics have experienced teething issues. Perhaps foremost of these is the congestion experienced at times during afternoon pick-up. I am sorry for the frustration this has caused some of our families and, in response, further arrangements will be trialled to ensure that waiting time for parents is reduced.
Thank you for your understanding and patience and, as a school always keen to receive your feedback. This week, all parents will be asked to respond to a short satisfaction survey as we reflect on your child’s first week at school.