After some hard weeks, Easter is in sight.
Today I was hugely re-junivated when I bumped into some of the people who inspire me the most in my authority. We didn't have much time together but the glimpse was enough.
Tonight I have written these words to the staff at school:
I don’t know about you but I am tired. It feels as if it has been a struggle to get through the recent weeks with winter bugs threatening (and sometimes winning) and huge amounts to do. As a staff, we have faced a number of challenges (both professional and personal) and we need to take care of ourselves and of one another.
We have perhaps the most important job there is; parents entrust us with their children and we help them learn and develop into young adults who make the most of life and make sensible choices. It is both a huge privilege and a huge pressure to do our job and we can’t do it to the best of our ability if we are unwell, either physically or mentally.
Taking care is very important.
There are just two weeks left to go until the holiday, lighter mornings and evenings, fresh growth appearing.
I know that I am ready for the holiday but I also know that I need to think ahead so that when it comes, I am not so exhausted that I don’t enjoy it. I owe that to my family. Over the next two weeks, I am going to try and get myself ready for the holidays. I am going to make an extra effort to rest, breathe, relax, notice, have fun and cut corners. This fortnight will not be about driving myself into the ground and committing my last few drops of energy to work before collapsing in a heap next Friday week.
Why don’t you join me?
In addition, I thought it might be fun to share some book recommendations ahead of the holidays so that staff who like to read might get their holiday reading sorted in good time?
Mine is ‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt.
The Goldfinch combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
I have not quite finished it but am rationing myself as I have found it utterly captivating.
If you have a recommendation, please email me and I will include it in next week's bulletin.