Headmaster's Blog - 5th March 2018
Looking out at the School over the course of Sunday, it was amazing how quickly the snow receded.
It could not have been more different from the scene that greeted Mrs Knox and me at 6a.m. on Friday morning, when we took the decision to close the School. What a good decision that turned out to be, as by what would have been the end of the school day, all of the footprints that my family and I had created around the site had all been filled with fresh snow.
The decision to close a school is primarily about safety, not just on the site but also for people trying to get here. We know how disruptive a school closure can be for parents, which is why it always a well-thought out process when a school chooses to make that call.
A number of Heads have commented publicly about the snow in the past few days, not least Shaun Fenton, the next Chair of HMC. Mr Fenton, Head of Reigate Grammar School, actively encouraged parents to take the opportunity, if they could, of “taking a snow day”, even whilst his school was still open, in order to enjoy – as a family – the pleasures that can bring and the memories it creates. I think he really hit the spot when he commented on how quickly childhood passes, and how these chances need to be grabbed with both hands. I am no climatologist but if our winters are going to become wetter and milder, snow may become less common in this country and the fun that many of us will remember from our own childhoods will be harder to recreate with our own families. Despite moving to Wellingborough from Yorkshire, it must be around five years since I’ve seen enough snow to make it worthwhile, and over the weekend we made the most of it, getting out for as long as possible and finding places to use the sledges and to make snowmen.
(As an aside, can anyone explain to me why the snow we had on Friday was terrible for making both snowballs and snowmen – it simply wouldn’t stick together, so much so that our Friday snowman was basically just a pile of snow with some adornments near the top – whereas by Saturday we were able to roll a really big ball and, without too much effort, place another one on top? Every day, as they say, is a school day, and I would genuinely like to understand why this was the case!)
By the time this post reaches our website, the snow -and the Beast from the East – will just be a memory and many of us will be glad that our journeys are both safer and easier. It will undoubtedly be replaced with forms of weather which are far less memorable and we, as the British are wont to do, will discuss it and complain about it. I do appreciate that snow causes problems, problems that most children don’t have to worry about, but I hope you managed to make the most if it whilst it was here.
Click here to read the article on Shaun Fenton’s appeal to make family snow-day memories