I write to you today from a unique position.

As my letter of yesterday detailed; we have had to follow the Government instruction to close the school while pupils self-isolate with their families and normal life is disrupted.

Our pupils’ education will continue on-line and we are working hard to develop this in interactivity and depth. I will also be providing the usual assembly materials and Newsletter articles throughout this time.  I would also invite pupils to help maintain spirits by sending us pictures and articles to post and use.

I often say to St James boys that, ‘to people like us everything is of interest.’ I would encourage this philosophical approach now more than ever. In my Philosophy lessons with Year 7 & 9 this week we have been discussing the positive merits that this current situation offers; it is in my opinion a good situation for inner work and mindful attention. The boys' thinking, and the creative projects they are planning, impressed me and I will evaluate with them when we eventually return. On Firefly all the Mindfulness materials are available from the .B course under the Philosophy/Mindfulness Section. I will continue to post more materials that offer positive ideas for the days of isolation ahead, which your sons and the whole family can benefit from – so please have a look at these.

Please keep safe at this challenging time and look after each other.