Chocolate Eggs or Daffodils?


As this term comes to a close and staff, children and students take a deep breath and hopefully relax, I have considered the diverse ways in which we all view the traditional Easter holiday. It is often the most varied in weather terms, with balmy sunshine or even snow and in this respect reflects the wide spectrum of experience and activity at Westholme.

Science week, sponsored walks, Bug Ball, charity cake sales, WISPA, sports tournaments, Careers Convention, outdoor adventures, Textiles Fashion Show, Junior House Music, ‘Creepy Critter’ visit, Spring Concert, Spring Fair, Shakespeare Competition, Maths Challenge, Language Quiz ….the list is impressive, intriguing and boys and girls of all ages have been involved!

Spring is a time for reflection and new beginnings. It is a time for regeneration, hope and renewal. Therefore I vote for the glorious, sunshine yellow of daffodils (so eloquently expressed by Wordsworth) rather than chocolate eggs to symbolise the end of this term and the rejuvenation of the holidays before we return in Summer. Have a wonderful break.

Lynne M Horner
2nd April 2014

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
William Wordsworth