There’s so much going on. I’m hanging in there until July is behind me. Lack of time means that these weeknotes are going to be in bullet point form for now.
- With all the years behind me, I found that I really do have the confidence to make it up as I go along, and I generally hit the mark.
- Fixed price contracts don’t mean that you wait until the end to get the thing delivered that you paid for. There’s lots of work for you too along the way.
- Language barriers are still a thing, and there are times when email is far superior to audio or video conferencing, particularly when accents are difficult to understand and line quality is poor.
- Taking half a day off to work on the School Development Plan with other governors and the school’s Senior Leadership Team is always rewarding. Gets to the heart of why I wanted to become a school governor in the first place. We have a remarkable team and need to use them effectively.
- I think we have a solid core of a plan for the key governor roles from September. Am excited about putting the changes in place.
- Not been enjoying The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday as much as I thought I would. Some good lessons in terms of worrying about what is in your control, owning your reactions to stuff that happens etc., but the book could be a lot shorter and less pompous.
- Things are starting to get real for my not-so-little-one who is off to secondary school in September. Have my fingers crossed for him that he gets off to a great start.
- Summer cycling is fantastic and I wish I could prioritise doing more of it.
- Loving the heatwave — it’ll make a great memory — but sometimes it has been getting to be a bit too much. A kids’ football tournament in Aston Clinton felt like it was being played in a volcano, and we still haven’t managed to pick up a decent fan for a comfortable night’s sleep.
- Barbecued food tastes so much better than oven-cooked. New patio furniture meant we spent both Saturday and Sunday evening having dinner outside and it almost felt like we were on holiday.
- The last time I watched this much sport I was either between exams (Euro ‘96) or off school ill for a long period (Mita World Masters). And it’s all been brilliant.
- I never knew that https could be so easy! More great work by Troy Hunt.
- Prep for our next programme workshop in mid-July. A lot to get done against a tight deadline.
- Our final Full Governing Board meeting of the year. Saying goodbye to four brilliant governors, two of whom have been with us for many years and pre-date me. They’ve contributed so much to the school and I am very sorry to see them go.
- Another termly meeting with our School Improvement Partner, for an independent insight into where the school is right now.
- Getting the governor newsletter over the line and out the door.
- A football match on Wednesday!