At morning break on Friday, I thanked staff for their support and hard work during my first four weeks and chose this poem entitled 'Unity' to draw attention to the wonderful work they do and to emphasise the importance of teamwork with parents when working with children. Children always do best when parents and teachers work closely together so I was very pleased to see that almost all parents came along to our S4 parents' evening on Wednesday.
I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there,
The clay they used was a young child's mind
And they finished it with care.
One was a teacher; the tools he used
Were books and music and art;
One a parent with a guiding hand
And a gentle and loving heart.
Day after day the teacher toiled
With a touch that was deft and sure
While the parent laboured by his side
And polished and smoothed it o'er.
And when at last their task was done
They were proud of what they had wrought,
For the things they had moulded into the child
Could neither be sold nor bought
And each agreed he would have failed
If he had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school
And behind the teacher, the home.
Anon. * 1998