Happy New Year! I know it’s been a good holiday when I’ve spent most of it not knowing what day it is! As this is going to be an entirely indulgent record of 2017, I can start by wishing all readers a happy, healthy and prosperous new year and tell you that it is Sunday (I think)!
You will understand that it is unusual for me to lose track of days. As a School Business Manager of over 14 years, l not only must have a phenomenal memory but I must also be able to dig out of my brain some of the most trivial information at a moments notice. “How much is left in my budget?” (I’m usually asked this one when I’m away from my computer and clearly doing something else), “Why is my tax more this month?” (Erm, you claimed some overtime?), “What time is lunch today?” (Isn’t lunch always at 13.10?) and, my personal favourite this one, “if a car knocks me off my bike, how long do I have to make a claim on their insurance?”(I promise you I was asked this in all seriousness while on duty in the middle of the school field)!
My brain is now so trained to retain all the information that might be needed by others during the working day that I am frequently unable to find room for all the stuff I myself would like to keep in there, such as jokes I’m told, funny and endearing events, my husbands name etc. etc. So 2017 is the year in which I write it down in the form of this blog.
My plan is to include the happy, the sad, the laughs, the challenges, the successes (and the failures), the ridiculous (which comes from working in a secondary school full of young people), and also the joy, generosity, professionalism and the incredible support that comes from working in a school.
A bit of background is needed, I guess, in this first post. I’m the SBM of a secondary school with a sixth form in a rural town in England. Last year the school formed a MAT with a primary school, making me now also FD and a Trustee.
Incidentally, working in education is like living in acronym city but explaining meanings is going to make for a very boring blog so you’ll just have to google it and try to keep up!
Additionally, it would be unfair for me to name names (and probably contrary to data protection) so everyone and everything is going to be wrapped up in acronyms, initials and name changes. As I said…try to keep up!
So I look forward to 2017 with interest and enthusiasm and hope you will join me along the way. Here goes…
…Oh and my husbands name is…Barry (but names have been changed to protect the innocent)