August 2020: hello, hope and health

It’s been 3 weeks since my last post, and it’s been busy! The summer term ended with shock resignations, plate spinning, risk assessments and teams meetings. We have four big projects going on in school with toilet refurbishment, building a new repro area, reroofing of one building and a new fire alarm system, which hasContinue reading “August 2020: hello, hope and health”

Half of 2020 complete

Yesterday was apparently the 100th day of lockdown and saw us half way through this year ( and Andrew’s birthday!) Not necessarily wanting to wish my life away but I hope the next half goes as quickly and that we can begin to get a new normality. School is up and running for the limitedContinue reading “Half of 2020 complete”

LD 81

Another full week with work pressure ratcheting up as we prepare for our first students since March, apart from key workers. Teams meetings, summer capital projects and the day to day routines that still have to be done whilst sourcing PPE, tape, bins and so much more. The pressure is immense and hopefully after tomorrowContinue reading “LD 81”

LD 74

Another fortnight has passed by full of food, cleaning, work and so much more unfolding on the world stage……. Two weeks ago was half term , but it didn’t feel like it. So much to prepare for and do. Last week there were zoom meetings, teams meetings and even face to face meetings! Preparing forContinue reading “LD 74”

LD 14

I didn’t post yesterday as despite the wonderful sunshine on Sunday, I had an overwhelming low day. Not totally sure why, maybe a bit stir crazy, maybe it’s all part of a process, part of realignment of how life and how we live, will be changed for now and the future, or even the realisationContinue reading “LD 14”

LD 10

An early start to get this budget done. After a frustrating few hours, spreadsheets to complete in quadruplet, I finally press the button: financial year end closure, Ta daaa! Every year is the same, and because it’s something that’s done only once a year, you forget all the nuances, checks and balances that you haveContinue reading “LD 10”

LD 9

Work and more year end prep. The sun was shining although it was cold. Home via the farm shop to pick up preorders of mince and chicken with all safe distances being followed. Dinner prepared and a chicken tikka masala made for another day. Puzzle was duly opened and pieces taken out to start. AContinue reading “LD 9”

LD 8

A return to actually working in school. Financial year end waits for no man or woman, although the deadline has been extended to 17th April, but I’m confident that it will be completed by tomorrow! ( no, not an April Fool) So lots of prep, contacting suppliers for invoices, deleting commitments, making adjustments, whilst remainingContinue reading “LD 8”

LD 5

Yesterday meant my first journey in the car since Monday to actually go to work! I did wonder if I would be stopped at any point and had my letter ready if I was challenged. Whilst no students arrived it was a very busy morning in school with staff, emails, phone calls to deal with.Continue reading “LD 5”

It’s life, but not as we know it….

These last few weeks have been extraordinary. The daily challenges faced, the communication updates and the stark reality now of changes that may become more of the norm – I hope not though. With schools now ‘closed’, but still open for certain students, structure will need to be maintained. As we approach the end ofContinue reading “It’s life, but not as we know it….”

A sixth of the year done

Two months down in 2020 already, which means March is here and spring! We’ve had so much wind and rain this last month: I can’t imagine how those families are living with flooding or the immediate likelihood of it. Having experienced a flash flood whilst pregnant over 30 years ago, to live with that fearContinue reading “A sixth of the year done”

February half term 2020

I always enjoy working when school is closed as it is so quiet: not true this time… contractors, builders, perspective suppliers, fire alarms going off, and across the road tree surgery!!!Despite this its great to go in later and leave earlier: the mornings getting lighter and the evenings stretching out. I’ve worked on GDPR, theContinue reading “February half term 2020”