OUT IN THE FIELD: Never take anything for granted

Upperton Road is due to be resurfaced soon
Upperton Road is due to be resurfaced soon

If this week has taught us one thing, it’s to never take anything for granted. I am talking of course about water and the lack of it in first Hailsham and then Roselands, and the fact the majority of the town thought Stephen Lloyd had it in the bag and, judging by the number of bright orange political boards, was going to remain the town’s MP and increase his majority. The latter clearly didn’t happen and many were shocked to wake up last Friday morning to a new Conservative MP in the town. Whatever your politics, it’s fair to say Stephen did touch many people’s lives and Tory Caroline Ansell has some pretty big shoes to fill. Now the political bun fighting has ceased, let’s hope everyone works together with some grown up politics for Eastbourne’s best interest.

While some schools closed because of the water shortage, there was no chance of a day off for Year 6 pupils locally who had to sit their SATs exams this week for maths, reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation. But as one headteacher pointed out these tests do not assess all of what makes each and every one of our children special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know children the way teachers and their families do, they don’t know some of them speak two languages, have not seen their natural talent for dancing or playing a musical instrument, do not know their friends can count on them to be there when they need them and that their laughter can brighten the darkest day. The levels children get from these tests, which let’s be honest are just another tick boxing exercise, will tell us something but they will not tell us how amazing and awesome our children are. And to quote Aristotle: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

I see lucky old Southfields Road and Willingdon Road are getting more resurfacing just 12 months after their previous facelift. Upperton Road is next on the list...

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