Message from the Head – 20th March 2020

Senior School
20 Mar 20

I would like to thank the SVPS community for all their support and kind messages over the last week. These are unprecedented times but the way the community has come together to ensure the very best for our children has been amazing.

Ending the term early and cancelling this week’s events has been incredibly sad; however, the children have been brilliant about taking the disappointment in their stride. When we decided on this terms learning powers (bravery, tenacity, collaboration and flexibility) we had no idea how important these would prove to be, nor how much we would be tested in these areas. After breaking the news to the Year 3 and 4 children that they would not be performing their play to their families, I don’t think I could have been more proud. The children were, of course, disappointed, but very quickly proved themselves to be brave and flexible as they bounced back and discussed the positives that could be found in a very difficult situation. The production itself was fantastic and a testament to the children’s hard work and collaboration. I am so grateful to Mrs Dallamore, Mr Farrall and the rest of the team for all their hard work and collaboration, too! I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Farrall for his Music teaching over the last two terms. We wish him the very best for the future.

Earlier this week, I shared with Year 3 to 6 pupils an article from a website that aims to help children to develop their growth mindset ( The article provided guidance for parents on how to discuss the current situation with their children:

‘Explain to your children that each one of us is like a tree. And the challenges we’re facing are like the wind which bends the tree.

Trees stand strong despite the wind because of their strong root system: family, friends, pets, their mindset, positive thoughts, beliefs and values.

Trees need wind to blow against them because it helps their root systems to grow deeper, which supports the tree as it grows taller.

In other words, the tree welcomes the strong wind because it helps it grow stronger! 

It is similar in life, challenges make us stronger! Such experiences as we’re facing these days develop our character and our mindset and deepen our roots. 

When we grow deep, we too, stand tall!’

I would like to finish by thanking you again for your support as well as thanking the SVPS staff team for the incredible amount of work they have put into preparations for the future, whatever that may look like. Our distance learning plan will begin on 15th April and is likely to evolve over time. Do stay in touch and let us know how you are getting on or if you need more support. We are here to help and wish everyone in our very special community all the very best for the coming weeks.