Niall Booker, Chairman of Glenalmond College Council, says the weeks ahead will offer opportunities for pupils to increase their resilience, patience and flexibility.
I hope you all enjoyed a good Christmas break with your families and that you are safe and well.
These are extraordinary times and I would like to express sincere thanks to the Warden, Dr Alderson, and staff at Glenalmond for the speed and professionalism of their response to the Lockdown announced on Monday.
It is a pleasure to welcome our pupils back to the College where the term will begin with Coll@Home, our online programme. I offer you all my encouragement, and that of the other Council members, to really make the most of your online learning experience. To those pupils who were due to sit public exams this year - please continue to work as hard as you can as there is still a lot to play for.
Of course there will be challenges in the weeks ahead but there is also a great deal of opportunity for personal development and honing skills which will be of value when you reach the workplace. There is scope to increase your resilience, patience and flexibility as well as benefiting from the community spirit which really sets Glenalmond apart.
If, during the coming weeks, you feel the need for extra support please don't hesitate to ask. There is, as always, a network of very dedicated and committed staff including your Housemasters and Housemistresses and your tutors, ready to help.
These are uncertain times I accept but I urge you all to make the most of this term, whatever form it takes.
Please stay safe and well and enjoy the Lent Term.