Message From The Headmaster
As we move into the Bank Holiday weekend, I thought I would share a couple of my favourite pictures from VE Day, 8 May 1945. You can sense the immense relief on the faces of the Royal Family with our Queen on the left and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the middle, as they wave to the crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace. On the second photograph, the joy is palpable as people took to the streets to celebrate the end of the fighting in Europe.
Of course, we all know how the War ended now, but at the time nobody knew what the outcome would be. For at least the first three years it looked very likely that Britain would lose and many people lived in fear not only of the bombs but of an invasion by the German forces. My parents were born during the war and I am sure that many of your parents and grandparents would have remembered those very dark days.
We are living in times when we are seeing daily death tolls read out by our government; during the Second World War the exact number who died is unknown, but it is estimated to be between 70-85 million people. Many of those who died were civilians who were caught up in the bombing or fighting in their countries. In Britain the number killed is estimated to be around 450,000 – just less than 1% of the population. Some countries, particularly in Eastern Europe, were much more badly affected with between 10-15% of the populations being killed.
This week, and particularly on Friday when we are on holiday, it is good for us to remember those brave men and women who fought for our country and earned the Victory in Europe. Let us also remember all those, particularly those who are Princethorpe families, who continue to put their lives at risk for us all – including the incredibly brave NHS workers and those behind the scenes who are working tirelessly to help save and support others.
Continued thanks for all you are doing to support us with this. In response to the most recent questionnaire we have produced a Q and A sheet which you can find here. The key thing to remember is that if you or your children need help please ask.
We appreciate that this new way of learning has been a challenge for everyone, and some pupils may need some extra support in working through the assignments, so we are introducing a new 'study support' system to help pupils manage their online learning. If you feel you would like to discuss your child's learning with a member of our Learning Support Team please email firstname.lastname@example.org, who will arrange for either Mrs Sharpe, Ms Prestage or Mrs Hinks to call you.
Very best wishes for the extended weekend, I hope you are able to get some quality off-line time and enjoy the good weather with your families.