There can be no sense of meaning or understanding derived from the senselessness of terror. The victims of Monday’s terror attack have been in the thoughts and hearts of all. The impact within our community is deeply felt and the minute’s silence on Thursday, observed across the nation, saw Ormskirk’s pupils unite in heartfelt and respectful sympathy.
I have seen colleague Headteachers speak of the precious children from their schools whose lives were lost. These colleagues have been asked: what can be said in the face of such horror? There are no words that can be said. Perhaps though, what we do is speak through our actions. Our young people see their community stand firm, unite, move forward with purpose and show love and care for others. In our small way at Ormskirk School we have done that this week.
People stand firm, finding strength in each other, to determinedly live lives of positivity and purpose - In the midst of the final week of the half-term, it was positive to: observe our new Prefect team undertaking their training with the Blue Circle company, hear about the Roman adventures Year 7 had on their visit to Chester, find out about the dynamic experience pupils had on a visit with the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and see yet more wonderful photos from our Eco Garden, so lovingly looked after by the Eco Club. Such highlights have been captured on the Twitter feed.
People unite together to show their love and care for others - The enormous success of the SHINE fashion show led to the school receiving a lovely email from Nicki Hood, the Fund Raising Manager at Core UK, who wrote: “I am not sure I have ever been to an event with so many people working together in such a tangibly encouraging environment, all the while achieving incredible attention to detail and remarkably high standards of performance and design. From start to finish we were made to feel welcome by staff, governors and students, and we set off for home absolutely buzzing.” This is a wonderful recognition of the hard work and commitment of all involved; very well done indeed.
In the end, words sum up and represent the actions we choose to take. Our pupils choose love and I am very proud of them for such. As Dr Martin Luther King said: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”