Snow Day

We have been warned about the Beast from the East, an extreme weather forecast with snow, freezing temperatures and all the chaos that can bring! I received the first text just after 5:30am and got up and left for work at 6:40. Roads were treacherous in places, the car drifted and flurries of snow were…

A trip to the City

Today I travelled up to London on a beautiful sunny day to a reunion of a few from the Bank that I used to work at. The bank closed in 1990 but my memories of working there are so fond. Wonderful people, and I met Kevin there with a job I loved. I know there…

January-sick and tired you’ve been hanging on me….

2018 has been momentous so far, and January has seemed very long, but February has settled in nicely and hopefully Spring is around the corner! The last ten days have been very busy at work and there hasn’t been much time to do much. Last year at this time we were preparing to go to…

Perceptions

This week has been a strange one, lots of excitement and opportunity and not much time to get things done. Early mornings and late nights with a foray into the unknown. A night at home with Kevin spending time with his mum, an opportunity for reflection. This week I’ve been told I’m scary at work,…

2017

This last year has been well documented by me, but I will post a few photos here too! As is the way, there has been highs (many) and lows (few), but that is life. How we cope with the lows is the important thing, with support of family and friends. Reading through my blogs for…

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…

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…

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…

Reliance

Four weeks into 2017 and it has flown by.  I’ve been busy with work, and socially. Learnt how to make a box, made cards, caught up with dear friends, had Jay’s dad stay for a couple nights. I’ve also singed my  hair, been to the cinema and booked a holiday.  I have also been adapting…

Friendship …..

Over the last few weeks I have spent some time thinking about my life beyond work. I have quite often been mistaken for a driven career woman-something I have never seen myself as. I have enjoyed the jobs that I have done (five) and try to do what I can to the best of my…