In the wake of today’s terrible news about the terrorist attack in Manchester it is difficult to know what to write. Such a horrific crime, especially when children are involved, leaves us reeling. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered as we endeavour to comprehend how anyone could contemplate such unspeakable violence and terror. Furthermore, it makes us all question our own safety and those of our loved ones.
Yet, it also allows us to appreciate others’ kindness and generosity. The Mancunian community has been incredible in the way it has come together to support one another; to offer shelter, food and comfort – compassionately to strangers. Amid the horrors of what happened last night such a ‘coming together’ is a real testament to the premise that ‘love wins’.
It makes us value the community in which we live. At Heathcote we are blessed to work, learn and play in a supportive, caring environment where we can trust one another and count on each other in so many ways each and every day.
So at this very difficult time it is vital that we remain united in our fight against terrorism and through education we help our children understand how people in our communities take action to make the world a better and safer place, standing up to those who wish to harm our society.
The hashtag #WeStandTogether has been trending across social media to support the victims of the 22 people killed and 59 injured. This hashtag is being used to express shock and upset but it also has a much more uplifting purpose. It’s used to show solidarity with the victims and with Manchester in the face of terrorism.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the families and friends of all those affected.