I am so delighted at the appointment the board has made to replace me. I don’t know Jane Bush but I am meeting with her tomorrow to start the handover process. She will hear from me all the wonderful things about VAS – the motivated learners, the hugely supportive parents and the dedicated staff we have here. She has already told me that she has only heard fabulous things about our school.
However, there is no denying it is a massive change for everyone and change is one thing that can cause stress. This is how one neuroscientist explains the effect of change on our brain: When the brain perceives a contradiction, intense neural firing takes place in an area of the brain connected to the fear centre. This, in turn, engages the fear circuitry of the brain and can start an anger or fear response that is highly counterproductive to any change process.
This has been the year of change, especially change that we have had no control over. As our brains need certainty to function effectively, it is no wonder so many of us feel out of sorts. Here is great short video clip on change Change
You must have guessed by now, that today’s column is all about me trying to rationalise all the changes that have happened / are about to happen to me this year! However, I think that every single one of us, including our children are trying to cope with ongoing and unexpected change this year. Anyway, I hope the three things listed below help you and your children deal with change. These have certainly helped me:
- Recognise what cannot be changed
- Grieve what cannot be changed
- Take full advantage of things you can change
I seem to have written an awful lot recently about the effects of Covid-19 on our lives. One thing I know is that it will get better and we will feel more certain about the future.
In consultation with Alison Laxon and Jane Cameron who organise the carol service each year, I have had to make a call as to whether this is going ahead this year given the unknown situation around crowd numbers in the future. So much hard work goes into organising this event, we don’t think it is fair for Alison, Jane, teachers and children to do all this work in the hope that we will be able to go ahead.
Sadly then, we are cancelling the carol service for this year. Covid – 19 has ruined many events this year and looking ahead, it seems that we are not going to be completely free of its impact on us for quite some time yet. We discussed whether we would prepare something else, but the discussion still came around to the uncertainty we face for the remainder of the year, so no.
I know that this event has not been cancelled for ever, just for this year. Here’s hoping that we can go ahead in 2021 as it is a VAS tradition.