A senior pupil at Nairn Academy has expressed their thanks in a poem to teachers who have been delivering remote learning during the pandemic.
Jo Fitzpatrick recited their poem to Highland Council’s education committee today.
Councillor John Finlayson, education committee chairman said: “Jo’s poem has captured the resilience of our young people and the dedication of our staff here in Highland.
“They have written this poem to say thank you to our educators, but I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of myself, members of our education committee, and all our education staff who I know are working so hard at this time, to thank Jo for their wonderful words and recital.”
POEM BY JO FITZPATRICK
Thank you for taking the time out of your day
To check in with us, make sure we’re okay.
You say it’s your job, it’s what you do,
But this situation is all so new for you too.
So here’s a quick poem, just so you know
We appreciate your continued support as we grow.
Online lessons are different, how difficult it must be
When technology fails, when all you can see
Are blank faces on your screen, when you get no reply
To all of the questions you ask. Still, you continue, you try
To make that google meets call
Feel less like speaking to a brick wall.
We all can’t wait to see your faces once more,
We can’t wait to walk back through that door.
We’ll be loud, break some rules, add chaos to your day,
Just like we always do. It’ll be like we’ve never been away.
But until then, we have no choice but to resume,
Continue, to ignore all the work on Google classroom.
To say in short,
From the 2021 cohort:
Thank you for being an email away,
Thank you for knowing just what to say.
Thank you for all the kind things that you do,
We really are all so lucky to have you.