“PATIENCE: ‘the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious’.

“As a Liverpool supporter, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the ending of their 30 year wait to win the English Premier League on Thursday night. The patience of supporters was tested further with this season being put on hold for three months due to the pandemic. My conversations with pupils over recent days has reminded me of their stoicism, in accepting the many delays and restrictions on their lives.

“We have all needed the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, be it queuing at the supermarket, coping with IT frustrations or even waiting for a haircut. I imagine our patience has been found wanting on occasions. In a world of instant gratification, we have had to learn to slow down, to wait and to be patient.

“Learning to be patient, to manage frustrations and to wait will be lessons for life that I hope all our children will take from this experience. In many ways, Liverpool’s eventual triumph was made all the more sweet by the 30 year wait.

“All the very best…”

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