A new framework

A whirlwind week after a wonderful weekend, where we saw the Waitress and dined with dear friends. We hadn’t seen Colin and Sarah since March, and it was great to catch up. The waitress was fab too: risqué, funny and tear jerking at times, just as in real life. On Sunday we watched a thrilling…

AY 2019/20

First week of the new academic year and it’s felt longer. Perhaps having no real break means you don’t feel that you’ve got to get back in the swing? Last weekend we made a start on decluttering the loft: not much progress made, but we at least have started! I have painted the face on…

Term 7 week 5

I already posted this, but it has now disappeared. I had an opportunity to go to Twickenham so tickets we’re duly purchased and delivered. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon with extended family on the 17th and a meal with great friends on the 18th. Monday to Thursday saw work challenges, one treating the memorial benches…

Term 7 week 4

A Level results this week, which were pleasing and great to share in the students’ successes, and also a week full of the emotional rollercoaster. I’ve caught up with friends, family, visited Kew again, completed routine tasks, dealt with contractors, looked at LG staff to begin pay assimilation, cooked, cleaned and made cards in equal…

Term 7 Week 2

Another full week with jobs crossed of a list that keeps getting added to! Last Saturday we visited Kevin’s Nan as she celebrated her 98th birthday. The youngest family member was there too, and good to catch up. When we got home Georgina had cut back the ivy that has been covering the wall near…

Team building for the future

Today we held interviews in school for a new Assistant Headteacher. It was a long, tiring day but full of hope for a wonderful time ahead. Being a part of the process, hearing young professional people talking about their commitment, love and passion for their subject, student outcomes and their determination was truly inspirational. Tough…

In your corner

I’ve had an incredible day today watching the last match in this year’s 6 nations. England were trouncing Scotland almost keeping the score the same as the minutes played tally. I don’t know what Gregor said at half time, or what they said to themselves, but it worked! Suffice to say England scored in the…

Moving into March

After a busy half term the return to work has been even busier. To be honest it’s felt like longer than a week Monday seems so long ago, there has been meetings, a 14 hour day, a conference, a long awaited job ticked off, tears, affirmation, a hair cut and also family time! The weekend…

Make me a channel of your peace

What a day. It began with the final preparations for the Bishop’s visit. The itinerary was precise but took no account of the Bishop and his humility and wishing to meet the students. It all appeared to flow well, the building was blessed and Mass was celebrated. A joyous occasion, uplifting and a real boost…

Term seven

I’ve been reading twitter and other blogs of school business managers/leaders and a few talk of term 7 as a reference to the summer break. A time for us to reflect on the last academic year and enjoy solitude and quiet to get to grips with outstanding jobs: although the fire alarm testing on Wednesday…

Hard day’s night

What a week! I don’t feel that I have achieved very much at all. Everyday has brought a fresh challenge, some more daunting than others I’ve retreated to the garden of an evening, watching for the little changes to the shapes and colours. Changes to Data Protection come into force next Friday, and there is…