What a week that was!

What a week this has been! I feel like I have been working for the whole of last year towards this one week. Here’s why;

  1. Audit Clearance – Our conversion to a MAT last year bought some interesting and unexpected challenges. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but instead of looking back, I’ll be taking what I’ve learned and look forward. So, after the year of finance operations comes audit, after audit comes clearance, and it always makes me nervous. I guess it is the thought of the auditor sitting down with the Boss and a Finance Trustee. What if I’ve missed something? What if I don’t know my numbers as well as I think I do? What if I can’t explain a query? In the event; I hadn’t, I do and I could. Phew! Onwards.
  2. Trustees Meeting – Being the Trustee of a Multi Academy Trust is an exciting and fast moving opportunity but my executive role requires some significant planning and preparation. Two crucial decisions were due at the meeting this week to take the MAT into the next phase of its growth. Now that the decisions have been made, the work really begins.
  3. ISBL Fellowship – I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have been approved as a fellow of ISBL. It just feels like all the work I’ve done over the past fifteen years as a School Business Manager, all the challenges, all the learning, all the setbacks and all the successes, have been recognised. It has given me a new motivation to continue to grow in my role and increase my support of others. I would strongly encourage SBMs to look at the eligibilty criteria and work towards an application themselves.
  4. Writing development – I have been working for a few months on a Halloween story (link – The Halloween Party) as a follow-up to my summer project ‘Idyll Interrupted’ and I published it this week. To maximise its potential as an income generation tool, I have been learning about making it visible on a wider range of social media. I’ve managed to hit; Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram (so far, what have I missed)? I’m asking to join relevant groups and I’ve also been learning about tags and keywords with the help of some very supportive Twitter chums (thank you). I knew that blogging was improving my work-life balance but I would never have guessed at the beginning of the year that I would learn so much.

And so it is half term at last. I’ve always got a mountain of catch up work to do in this holiday but I’ve got the time and quiet to get it done, so I can start next term ready for all the change that is evolving in my world.

Also, its now nearly Christmas!!

Can’t stop long, need to get back to my blog monitoring.

Happy half term.

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