After 36 years as a teacher, I retired at the start of 2020.

My friend subsequently asked if I ‘knew’ something that others didn’t or had a hot tip from the almighty.

I have watched my ex-colleagues (and my wife, also a teacher) do something extraordinary over these last 18 months.

In the face of such adversity, they have continued to do their very, very best for the children in their care, but they have suffered too – both physically and mentally.

No one gets out of this unscathed. They have my admiration and, I’m sure, the thanks of their students and perhaps more importantly, parents.

Frank Flynn, Cape Paterson.