The ending of one year and the starting up of a new year almost invariably causes one to pause, reflect and question. The first question is then where on earth did that year go? I am quite sure it is not an age thing – time is definitely going quicker.
So, what did 2019 look like?
For me it was.......
- A voyage in expansion building – the student number bulge hitting and being asked to help accommodate the additional numbers by having an additional structure built and overseeing changes throughout the school.
Not just a building, with the excitement of design, the actual construction and the seemingly never-ending saga of it being nearly ready but the agonies of choosing paint colours, making decisions and only seeing the outcomes months later and being a little surprised!
The disappointment of seeing perfectly good contractors doing their work well but happy to leave their dust piles rather than clear it up themselves.
The knowledge that however many conversations you have you will not satisfy everyone and being OK with that.
- Finding that income is not really matching expenditure and knowing that with all the rhetoric nothing is likely to change and that I will have to have to have the tough conversations
- Celebrating success with students and colleagues, be it examination, sport or music or more simple achievements and knowing that in some small way I have been able to contribute to that, which is enough to encourage me to keep going!
What will 2020 look like?
- Finding that income is not really matching expenditure and knowing that with all the rhetoric nothing is likely to change and that I will have to have to have the tough conversations.
- Needing to explore more ways to support colleagues and students.
I am continually astonished at the commitment to the cause shown by the staff I manage - those supporting the teaching in the school, and whilst the pay scales will never fully recognise the work they do I want to try to ensure that the other support mechanisms for them are the best and most effective they can be.
I am also overwhelmed at times by what some of our students actually have to go through outside school and want us to be able to support them as best we are able.
- To discover the intricacies of the Air Conditioning Inspection Report Environmental Compliance Audit (commonly known as an ACI TM44) – if you have air conditioning in school then this will be for you too.
- To be optimistic and then…
The poem If, by Rudyard Kipling, came to mind. You might recall that it starts.....
“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you”
I had forgotten the poem and it made me laugh as it is not a bad description of the school business manager’s life.
Happy New Year