21st December 2021
A Message to Headteachers from Bishop Christopher
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A Message to Headteachers from April Gold, DDE
This is our final Headlines of 2021. I know for many of you this term has been the hardest of your careers. You have continued to do the best you can for the children or young people in your schools, your staff teams, the families who support all of them and your local communities. I know that this continues to be at great expense to you and your own families. Thank you seems insufficient for all that you continue to do, but please know that you are seen and valued by the team at the DBE, the Board and the Bishops for your professionalism and dedication. Bishop Christopher has recorded a short video (above) expressing his thanks and offering a Blessing to you all. In our community we host Advent windows during December where people gather and share a drink each evening and view the new window. I have been reflecting on Mary a lot this year and felt that she should grace the Vicarage window this year. In Luke chapter 1 we hear of the visit of the Angel Gabriel to Mary bringing her unbelievable news. Mary is confused, but trusts the calling that God has for her, and steps into her vocation, to be the mother of God. God does not leave her alone in her confusion. The Angel tells her of Elizabeth, her cousin, who is also expecting a miraculous baby. Mary immediately goes to visit Elizabeth and they spend three months together (probably right up to when John is born). God provides a network, someone for Mary to walk alongside whilst she thinks about what the future holds. I think this reveals something of the character of God. He calls us out into the vocation that he has for us with all its joys and difficulties, but he does not leave us on our own. He places others around us to support us and to witness to his presence through the Spirit as we step out into the uncertainties ahead. I hope that you have your Elizabeths. Your go to people who share your vocation and can act as counsel and support. I know that such friends and colleagues have been very important to me in the last 18 months. Remember that the DBE team are only a phone call away if you need to journey with someone. Please do switch off the phone and emails for an extended period during the holiday and spend time with your families and friends and make sure you get some rest. There will always be more things to do – but unless you take time for your wellbeing there will be no one able to do any of it in January! So time resting now will be in itself an investment in next term.
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas – April and the DBE Team
Some Christmas Events in our Schools…
Holy Trinity CofE Primary have created a food bank donation Christmas Tree.
Wolvey CofE Primary Christingle service at St John’s Church last week
The Early Years Nativity from St Lawrence CofE Primary, Napton.
Ishan, a year 2 pupil from Abbey CofE Infants whose ‘Heroes of the Pandemic’ stamp design has made it into the final 24 of the Royal Mail stamp competition. The competition received over 600,000 entries. His design was selected by a special judging panel consisted of:
- The Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Boris Johnson MP
- Family of Captain Sir Tom Moore – his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and grandchildren, Benjie and Georgia
- Baroness Floella Benjamin
- Simon Thompson, CEO, Royal Mail
The final selection of eight designs will be made by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in February. Well done Ishan – an amazing achievement!