New year but no resolutions, just happiness and peace

Already ten days in for this new year and decade, and had a few ups and downs: the nature of the beast. Ruby has been spayed and hasn’t been out for 9 days. We’ve ordered our new sofa so now we have to stop the cats using the furniture as a scratching post! Back to…

Advent week 3 ……..and sad news

Last Sunday was spent trying to prepare for Christmas visitations, but proved challenging. The week ahead was due to be busy both work and personally. Tuesday brought the saddest news of Kevin’s Nan’s passing, after a year and a day at the Sunrise nursing home. At 98 she has been a major part of Kevin’s…

First week of Advent

Had a wonderful day last Sunday with our dear friend Jane, so lovely to have a proper cooked meal and sit to eat at a table! Fingers crossed not too long to wait now! First day of advent and I ordered a wax melt calendar from the @thewildwaxmeltscompany. It’s been a busy week with meetings,…

Progress report

Another full week has seen ups and downs but excitement too. We met Oliver and what an adorable wee man he is. Proud great auntie and uncle moment! Georgina walked up Snowdon and loved it; so glad to see her challenging herself. Work has been manic with meetings after school and challenges that really have…

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…

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…

Autumn half term-term1

Today sees the start of half term, after an eventful seven weeks. The school has a new Head teacher, and that with the start of the academic year has brought fresh challenges, transparency, joy, and a real buzz. No two days have been the same, and I have been pushed to my absolute limit: HR,…

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…

Legend of Upton Park

I attended St Angela’s convent school in Forest Gate and knew well the Upton Park/West Ham connection. Trevor Brooking was and is a legend! Kevin and I were celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary and went to Vita Bella to dine. Seated at our table there was a table to my right comprised of Grandparents, uncle,…

First week completed

So it was back to school on Monday, a new term, new academic year and a new Headteacher. You could feel the buzz around school and INSET for the first two days there was real sense of doing things together. I, after 13 years, had the opportunity to welcome support staff and also on day…

Anyone for tennis?

Way back in November I put into the ballot for Wimbledon and was lucky enough to get Court No 1 tickets for Day1. I booked the car park and The Wingfield so that we could enjoy a leisurely lunch before play started. The journey took longer than anticipated but we arrived and taken to our…

In loving memory

Today, after over a year, we finally had the items purchased for Tony Ward brought outside for all to admire and enjoy! It was Sports day so with a few students in school, mainly for exams, it was a great opportunity to have them in situ. Martin Cook, an amazingly talented sculptor and his son…