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…

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…

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…

Surprise, surprise

And still the surprises keep coming this year! Some unexpected news at work meaning opportunities and challenge. Great to look holistically at situations. Watching our children grow into the adults they have become is awesome. We have caught up with good friends this week, where laughter and food have been plentifully enjoyed. Good news quite…

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…

Two weeks in

Well that’s two weeks of the Academic year gone Time just goes so quickly. The start is always frenetic, but this year with the sixth form building project 5 weeks overdue, and possibly another 5 week delay, it’s even more so. Balls in the air trying to ensure all is in place, whilst preparing for…

Another year rolls by

Another Academic year ends tomorrow, with more goodbyes with the prospect of hellos in September. Changes to roles and new students about to embark on their next destination of the journey of lifelong learning. It’s been a year full of highs and lows and on Monday I return to a student free school with a…

Education and what it can mean

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit another Catholic school in East London. The journey from Chelmsford was a real trip back to the past especially when we drove through Ilford, Manor Park and Forest Gate. Road names remain but so much has changed.  We passed my old secondary school, the entrance door still familiar…

Spring and all it’s beauty 

Spring has definitely sprung, and our garden is beginning to bloom. I love this time of year and the last few days have been unseasonably warm. School broke up last week for the Easter break, but a few of us were back on Monday, me for the year end closure. It has been frustrating and…

Making a difference.

I have been unwell over the last few days, which in no small measure, is due to my anxiety over today and the memorial mass for a much loved teacher I have sourced some fantastic pieces and met some fantastic craftsmen. The family planting the Himalayan acer The benches  by Martin Cook and his son…

Rollercoaster ride

The last eight weeks have felt like a rollercoaster ride, although I’m not a fan of them in reality. Little did I know that I would have the surprise of my life within that time, and share it with so many family.  Kevin and I enjoyed a wonderful week in Portugal with Viv and Don,…

A new academic year

I’m not going to lie, it’s always a struggle to prepare for the start of a new academic year.  I do work in school closure, but it is a far more relaxed and enjoyable experience. Tuesday saw my first full day and it was tough!  Evening relaxing with the family in the garden helped!  Thursday…