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Easter Ross head hails staff for getting through 'strangest year ever' in education

By Hector MacKenzie

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David Hayes-MacLeod: 'Proud of team'.
David Hayes-MacLeod: 'Proud of team'.

AN Easter Ross head teacher has hailed the "committed and caring team" which helped pupils and parents get through the "strangest year ever" in education.

David Hayes-MacLeod made his end-of-term remarks after a year in which his school went through an inspection, witnessed a neighbouring primary destroyed by fire and then dealt with the fallout from the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The South Lodge head teacher also thanked everyone connected with the Invergordon school for their patience and understanding during a "really challenging time".

Reflecting on the year, he said: "Here at South Lodge we started our school year with an inspection, then came the horrendous fire at our neighbouring school, Park Primary, where we then welcomed their Nursery with open arms to South Lodge. Then along came Covid-19 and we were stuck at home. I have been overwhelmed with the effort, engagement and commitment of our pupils and families to keep learning going and, my goodness, how the wonderful staff kept working every day to ensure children were receiving quality education and to be there for the children and parents whenever they were needed."

On a social media posting shared with the school community, he said: "This was not an extended holiday for us and we are not going back to work in August. Work never stopped. I applaud every single member of staff at South Lodge and Nursery. I am a proud head teacher to have such a committed and caring team.

"Now though is the time for holidays. To relax, chill and recharge batteries. I am so excited to be back in the building come August and cannot wait to see our wonderful children again. To you all - have an amazing summer holiday and thank you for all your support, patience and understanding through this really challenging time. We, the whole team at South Lodge, would like to say thank you and take care."

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