Monthly Archives: February, 2022

Time for a break.

Author visit to St Peter’s

Pupils in Years 5 and 6 had a great combined event this week when they were lucky enough to receive an author visit from Polly Ho-Yen.  Polly used to be a primary school teacher who would get up early before work to pen stories (I don’t know where she found the energy!), and is now a full-time author.  After a general presentation, Polly then did writing workshops with each class in Years 5 and 6.  Pupils in Years 5 and 6 have studied Polly’s book Boy in the Tower, ‘a fable of fear and hope, loneliness and friendship’, and were able to get signed copies at the end of the day.

Mr R Cunningham

Groundhog Day

As well as being Candlemas Day on Wednesday 2nd February this week, it was also Groudhog Day.  Those of you familiar with the film will know it is a story of a news reporter condemned to live that same day over and over again until he learns to be less cynical to the world around him.
The sense of Groundhog Day seems to be ever present in education as we continue to grapple with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and so for staff prayers that day the following was offered:

O you who descended into the earth,
and rose again with the dawn,
Open our eyes to light,
even the cold crisp light of winter.
Let it awaken in us irrational hope,
the unreasonable possibility of spring in the depth of winter,
the possibility of kindness in a world desperate for warmth.

God of the meantime,
Let us huddle together while we wait,
let us nestle and dream, reach out to each other
and comfort each other in the warmth of our prayers.


We then reminded ourselves, with optimism, of the words of the 30th Psalm,

Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

Please keep the St Peter’s school community in your prayers over the coming weeks of winter … and spring.

Mr R Cunningham