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for everything there is a season,

and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

At such a difficult time in our lives, these words are poignant and resonate with our extreme challenge. I hope we can all reflect on treasuring the magical moments and valuing what is most important in our own lives.

Stay safe and well.

Lynne M Horner

Principal

6th April 2020

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