“IT has been a busy and varied week for us all at school! Yesterday was National Poetry Day and so I picked a poem by Emily Dickinson based on the subject of hope to feature today.

“Being surrounded by your young children every day, hope never seems distant because of the youthful exuberance and joyful optimism that the children display while they are together here.

“My wish is that they come home for the Exeat Weekend full of that optimism and celebrate another productive week at school with you.

“We have been grateful that for the majority of our students the last four weeks have offered consistent face-to-face schooling and a chance to re-establish the feel and flow of normal schooling.

“With every good wish for a healthy weekend ahead…”

“Hope” is the thing with feathers, by Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

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