In ancient Roman mythology, Janus was the god of beginnings and new transitions. His two faces enabled him to look both back at the past and ahead into the future. Having been reminded of last year’s #nurture post by @MartynReah I was encouraged to reflect and project ahead of another new year.
Realising I had overshot some of my goals last year was a thrill. On a road from quite ill health, I had an ambition to swim a bit more but actually thanks to #teacher5aday & some super Twitter support, including that of @isright aka #virtualcoach, I ended up running the Royal London Parks half marathon instead; an actual impossibility only months before the event! And next year? Well, I love the change that the extra #exercise brought both physically & mentally but honestly, I hope I never have to run 13 miles again so maybe I’ll try something different. Watch this space...
Previously I had said that #volunteer was a personal weakness but I was proud to raise thousands for Great Ormond Street Hospital whilst pounding those London parks and pavements and hope to raise more money for charity next year. There was a moment - running with thousands of strangers - when the sheer scale of charitable good will was quite overwhelming.
Writing about #notice previously, was all about my wellbeing and that remains a priority. I am in a better place but certainly not where I would like to be. My health requires patience close attention and determination; the latter I have in bundles but patience? Not my strong suit. In 2018 I would like to be more patient & get less frustrated. With myself.
#teacher5aday has continued to act as a signpost and while I have faced some particular personal challenges this year, I have learnt that I am capable of much more than I imagined. There are a couple of opportunities on the horizon requiring a leap of faith and 2018 might be the year, or at least the preparation. You never know. 2017 brought some truly surprising and joyous moments. If I can have a few more next year, I will be happy.
Oh I forgot to say, I had my first school inspection as Head this year and we smashed it. Look how far down my list of priorities it came.
Sunday, 12 November 2017
I'm totally behind the whole growth mindset thing and in my first two years of headship I know that I have got better at many many things but... I have not, in all my years of teaching, got better at saying goodbye to our leavers. I feel privileged as a head, to still be the Year 6 form tutor but... every year I feel it and it's creeping up on me already this year. Not only do I need to prepare a speech for our Year 6 leavers but I have to prepare myself to deliver it without completely embarrassing myself. The journey from Nursery to Year 6 is not only traversed by the pupils but by their teachers, and letting go of children whom we have seen grow and change over so many years is a wrench. The term 'in loco parentis' is hugely relevant. I am so proud of my leavers and so very excited for them about their futures but goodness me will I miss them! It's not very fashionable to talk about love in schools but without it where would be and who would be? Tough times are ahead for me at least... AGAIN!