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…

Term 7 week 1

School broke up last Friday, a time of reflection, goodbyes and realising that another academic year has passed. It’s been a very full year with many a tale to tell, but I will save those for another time 😉 These last few weeks have been so full and fraught too, so Term 7, the six…

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…

Half term

Since the turn of the new year it’s been frantic, but the weeks have flown by The Guinness six nations has begun and half term has arrived! I’ve noticed that it’s lighter in the mornings, darker later in the evening and even seen a snowdrop or two. That always fills me with joy. I’ve also…

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…

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…

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…

And back to work

Today I arrived at my desk at 7:15. My desk was remarkably uncluttered, so that was a positive. Emails,signing and seeing colleagues proved a bit of a curate’s egg. Yesterday was not good as I felt lethargic and off kilter. I have been anxious about returning to work and that is how it was manifesting…

Where did last week go..

Last week was half term, although I was in school for a few days. I relish the solitude and opportunity to work uninterrupted. You achieve so much and it’s also great to take stock, tidy up my desk and do filing. Progress to finish the sixth form block is slow, but should be complete to…