School Business Leadership, School Business Manager

Dear Secret Santa,

November payday is, for me, the day that Christmas kicks off. I love the whole build up of Advent much more than the day itself. This year, payday has fortuitously coincided with a disaggregated INSET so I have actually taken a day off to start my Christmas shopping. Before I head out into the cold,… Continue reading Dear Secret Santa,

School Business Leadership, School Business Manager

Be Serious!

If you've been following my blog over this year, you'll have noticed that, despite my intention to produce a work and business related blog on a par with the responsibilities and professionalism required of being a School Business Manager, my writing has evolved to be quite 'light-hearted'. I think this is because I'm putting pen to… Continue reading Be Serious!

School Business Leadership, School Business Manager

Weekend Working

Weekend working has been on my mind recently. Possibly because I have been doing it myself in order to keep up with the general demands of my role at the moment, but also following a conversation I had in the School Yard with one of our trainee teachers. It was a Friday and I made… Continue reading Weekend Working

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Resilience - What does it mean? Why do I need it? How do I improve mine? Resilience - defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape. Resilience - I must have it in here somewhere... *digs deep into bottomless pit (aka… Continue reading Resilience

Education, School Business Manager

We will remember

Today is my favourite working day of the year. Today is the day that every student willingly gives up their break time and gathers with every member of staff in our School Yard to remember. Over 1000 of us (and welcome gatecrashers from the school next door), stand quietly and respectfully to hear two year… Continue reading We will remember


Eggs just bounce

Egg via Daily Prompt: Egg Eggs might reasonably have been the very first indication that my alimentary canal is somewhat...umm...temperamental. Perhaps it was an early warning that I wasn't never going to just be able to eat what I wanted in my life. Maybe it is genetic, maybe it is just a glitch in my… Continue reading Eggs just bounce

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It’s been a rubbish week. I’ve lurched from sadness, mild panic, anger, annoyance, exhaustion and resignation, through to the pleasure of a birthday in my fabulous team. I’ve used absolutely every tool in my stress busting toolbox in an effort to hold myself together and I’ve avoided anyone who might ask how I am, as… Continue reading Uplifting