Keeping abreast of things-a serious post for me

This last week has been full of so many things, it’s where to start. Sunday saw Georgina and I caught up in a bomb scare at Bluewater, a frightening experience in itself, but at least a false alarm. I was surprised at how my mother hen came to the fore, and my imperative was to…

Trick or treat

What a week, full of treats certainly, but fortunately no tricks! I’ve made a conscious effort to switch off from work, and with only two mornings in I’ve succeeded. Kevin and I enjoyed afternoon tea, bought a new car, I’ve made cards, baubles and been to the cinema. The house has been cleaned, the garden…

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…

Strictly Amazing!

Yesterday Debbie and I went to London to see the Musical Strictly Ballroom, a stage version of Baz Luhrmann’s film-we we’re not disappointed! I left work at a sensible time and we drove to shenfield. We travelled to London Bridge and walked along the south bank, bathed in spring sunshine, always a pleasure We passed…

Thank you

Twists and turns a plenty this week, trying to balance the budget. It’s been stressful and after months of sleeping well, these last few weeks have provided sleep deprivation. One of the ways to try to balance the budget is not to replace staff who have left: never an easy decision. Even harder is to…

2018 so far

The year is only 14 days old and it has brought surprises aplenty and excitement too! A visit to reacquaint my parents with Marion, my second mother in law, after, we guess, 8 1/2 years. Bouts of “Aussie” flu for me, Kevin and joe! The decorations came down last week and this past week has…

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…

Do something that scares you

I recently applied for a job and from 17 applicants, I was one of seven shortlisted.  Interview details were shared and whilst daunted, I was ready to accept the challenge.  As interview day drew close, I was tempted to withdraw, but they say do something that scares you, and it did.  To have to go…