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Weekly Blog

Weekly Blog

Monday 25th March

An early start today – in the office at 07:00 as Acting Headmaster, with the Headmaster away until Thursday on his travels to Boston USA to see other Round Square schools in action. I was fortunate enough to look up from my emails to wave off the U13s rugby 7s team who were off to Roslyn Park for what turned out to be a superb performance from the entire squad.

Monday morning normally heralds assembly, but being the last week of term it was House time which allows for tidying and decluttering before everyone departs. This afforded time for me to meet with Therese Taylor to plan ahead for the closing week.

I also used this time to visit the Duckworth girls to break the news to them that Miss Marie would begin her tenure as acting Housemistress whilst Charlotte Butt steps back for a period of time due to personal family circumstances.

Just back in time from seeing the Duckworth girls to head off and teach two lessons of Year 7 Geography – studying rivers basin and river profiles.

Straight from class and a quick turn-around to head off to my events team coordination meeting, followed by Chairing the weekly staff flagging meeting. This meeting is crucial in ensuring staff have the opportunity to ‘flag’ any areas of concern and highlight any successes. I enjoyed a much needed quick slurp of coffee and then off to Priory Lodge to interview a prospective pupil, wishing to start at the College in the Summer Term.

A short chance to draw breath before meeting with the SMT to chair our weekly meeting.

The early afternoon presented an opportunity to meet with Keith Cox and Tracey Mills to discuss plans for the pupil wellbeing centre, before heading off for two interviews of potential Geography teachers.

Just back to the office after the interviews in time for minibus duty at 17:30 and to see off the day pupils.

At 17:45 I bumped in to Keith Cox who was off to get a minibus to pick up French exchange pupils, which I volunteered to do in place of him. Left the docks with some tired looking pupils at 19:30. On walking through the door my eldest daughter, Olivia, asked for a quick cricket practice session in the sports hall, so off I trudged for a 45 min practice, followed by a take away curry from the Virsa, opposite the Police station in Dover – highly recommend it!

Tuesday 26th March

I am away from school today on a Safeguarding training day with Kent County Council about online threats, dangers and security. A highly enlightening day with some great presentations including one about the Dark Web.

Back to College in time to meeting with Therese Taylor to wash up on the days actions in my absence.

Back home at 18:00, in time to take Olivia across to Polo Farm in Canterbury for her cricket club training session with St Lawrence and Highland Court.

Wednesday 27th March

07:15 in the office. The best time of day, with the sun shining and some peace and quiet to gather my thoughts before the madness of another day. Time to send out the staff Inset training programme for the Summer term.

Managed to see off DoE Gold practice expedition to Brecon Beacons, hopefully all will go well and blisters will be few and far between. A long journey ahead of the group though.

Assisting with planning and proof reading the script for the final assembly tomorrow and final scrutiny of the Red Book draft.

Duty week continues with lunch time slot queue control in the Cloisters, holding back good humoured but hungry teenagers!

Home by 18:00 and in time to dash over with Olivia and Florence to hockey training at Folkestone.

Thursday 28th March

Final day of term and last duty day! In office early at 06:55. A quick dash into the kitchens to touch base with the caterers. Then back to the office for some last minute preparation for the final assembly due to take place later.

Following assembly, I met with Tom Butt to go through the final details of ski trip itinerary and to ensure that key members of staff around over the first week of the Easter break are familiar with the details.

Mid-morning meeting with the Bursar and the Catering Manager to go through and plan the three weekly menu cycle for the Summer Term and staff rota.

The Headmaster returned from his USA travels at 11:00 and I hand back the reigns of school to him.

End of term assembly goes off fantastically well with lots of celebrations and pupil success stories. We have certainly packed a lot into such a short term!

The close of term gives some opportunity for various round-off meetings with staff, before heading home at 17:15. The holidays have finally arrived!

Friday 29th March

First day of lie-ins begins!

Ski trip departed 22:30 – waved them off, and wished I was going. I’m sure they will have a great time, especially with the snow conditions and week’s forecast!

Saturday 30th March

An early start this morning, with breakfast on the fly and on the road at 06:00 on my way to Manchester University Open Day with Ben. A great day and an epic road trip of over 560 miles there and back to Dover in a day!

Sunday 31st March

More cricket today with Olivia training for Kent Under 11s at Sutton Valence. An early start with an 08:45 meet!

Police knocked on the door at 23:10 tonight due to a fire alarm going off in Tallis. Eventually managed to search the building a disable the alarm just before 23:45.

Bed – exhausted – what a week!