When it comes to the last academic year, I think that it’s safe to say it was nothing short of tumultuous. What with ever-changing guidance from the government, mass absences due to isolation and another two lockdowns, it felt like it never really got off the ground from the get go. Those people working in education have my utmost respect as they soldiered on, doing their absolute best to continue to support the children and young people they work with. The Head of The Outdoors School, Robyn Vincent, told me that she is feeling optimistic and positive as the term starts this month. I am joining her consciously in that sentiment. Optimistic that this year might be slightly less disrupted than the last, positive that no matter what gets thrown at us, we can endure it together.
For us, this week sees the return of pupils to The Outdoors School (at now three sites – Shillingford, Tiverton and South Brent!), the reforming of our Home Education groups in our Forest School sites around Devon and the sound of many small feet entering the woods as our Toddler Clubs restart. Whilst staff have enjoyed the summer break, I know that they are so excited to see familiar and new faces alike as we continue our adventure of outdoor education with children, young people and their families all across Devon. And for those reading this? I wish you and yours a successful academic year. Not in regards to grades and formal achievements but success in your pursuit of happiness, self assuredness, friendships and fun.