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Schools in Diss and Harleston have thanked world-renowned actor and writer Stephen Fry after he delivered a personalised message of support to students in the area.

Norfolk-born Fry recorded a message in which he urged students at St Benet’s Multi-Academy Trust schools to not judge themselves too harshly, adding that there is no correct way of managing the stress onset by the pandemic.

The V for Vendetta star said: “Don’t ever fall into the trap of thinking that you’re somehow failing or getting lockdown wrong – there is no way to get through all this that is right and proper.

Stephen Fry has given a special message out to students at St Benet's academy. Source: Jungle Public Relations Ltd. (44297995)
Stephen Fry has given a special message out to students at St Benet's academy. Source: Jungle Public Relations Ltd. (44297995)

“Let oneself have those bad days without feeling guilty and letting self-annoyance make them worse.

“All this is easier to write and say than do, but I really do feel that we should let ourselves off the hook where we can and allow ourselves to stumble and sulk from time to time.”

St Benet’s academies in Diss and Harleston said that students were thrilled to receive a morale boost from a “national treasure”.

Harleston Primary Academy headteacher Hannah Holgate said: “We are touched that Stephen Fry has taken the time out of his busy schedule to send us these warm words of encouragement.

“Yet again, he highlights the need for self-care and allowing oneself to sulk sometimes.

“Stephen Fry – thank you. I know that my children and staff are thrilled to receive this message.”

Jo Cerullo, executive headteacher of Diss Primary Academy, added: “As Stephen is a national treasure and Norfolk resident, of whom I am a great fan, his words bring comfort during these times of uncertainty.

“As a school, we have been overwhelmed with positivity and a sense of community within Diss. The dedication of the staff, and our families, has been heart-warming, even on those days which are more difficult. I am immensely proud of them all.”



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