At the end of 2020… WE were drawn to this 1926 Letter to Santa in JRR Tolkien’s wonderful The Father Christmas Letters.
I am more shaky than usual this year. The North Polar Bear’s fault! It was the biggest bang in the world, and the most monstrous firework there ever has been. It turned the North Pole BLACK and shook all the stars out of place, broke the moon into four – and the Man in it fell into my back garden. He ate quite a lot of my Christmas chocolates before he said he felt better, and climbed back to mend it and get the stars tidy.
WE have had many things to celebrate this year, not least of all how our partnership has strengthened over the past twelve months – who would have thought we would become so converted to the benefits of online meetings (although WE can’t wait to see you in person when we can in 2021).
Highlights for us include our lockdown school leader virtual network meetings, our 1:1 calls with school leaders, the Leading a Whole Education in Primary launch and the coaching calls, the Leading a Whole Education in Secondary powerful teaching masterclasses with Ruth Powley, the joint GL webinars, the launch of Lab Classrooms, hearing from Mary Myatt and, of course, the many voices shared throughout the year, supporting one another and proving how much stronger WE are as a network.
Thank you to everyone who has so generously given their time, resources and shared their experiences and thinking – too many to list but you know who you are. Thank you, you are WE stars!
As always, spring is Annual Conference time! Hot off the press, WE are very excited for our first ever VIRTUAL Conference, which will start with a twilight session at 4pm on Thursday 18th March and a full day to be dazzled on Friday 19th March.
We will save a conference pass for all our member schools, and the conference is designed to allow lots of your team to benefit all aspects of the day. Please make sure you have the day booked offsite – we will send lots more details in January after a well deserved break!
We also hope to see many of you at the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Mental health and wellbeing series of virtual events with WE Associate Director Hannah Wilson. She has put together an incredible line-up of inspirational, expert speakers. All events are on our website, and are available to teachers and leaders, both for WE schools and non-member schools.
So, all that remains is to wish you the happiest of Christmases and the best of starts to 2021. Whatever it throws our way, WE know that our leaders are up to the challenge.
WE have been in awe of all you have achieved this year and thank you all for the tremendous work you have done. WE raise a glass to you and your teams.