It’s Friday and the bank holiday weekend is almost upon us.
It is time to ‘do’ it.
This week has been the beginning of an end. Quite an emotional end to the week. It was always going to happen but never did I think it would feel like it has.
Wonderful weekend spent with family we don’t often see. Sunny day meant we were able to sit outside for lunch.
My aim for this week has been to dot the is and cross the ts as much as possible so that next week is purely me and family time.
I’ve pretty much sorted everything at my ‘old school’ even though I have 7 days left as head teacher. It has really begun to sink in that I will no longer be there even though I have already moved on to new school in body and in spirit.
Spent the day in ‘old school’ and invited previous Head for a visit. I had been her deputy and she is very much the reason I am the head and leader I am today. She always said she wouldn’t come back once she retired as it was going to be ‘my school’ and she didn’t think it a good idea. However, as it is no longer going to be my school she agreed to come in and have a look around at things we both started in partnership and that have been continued. It was wonderful. It was as though we were back in that partnership mode. We think alike, believe alike and have children at the heart of everything. I suppose it will be the same for me now with regard to not going back once I have moved on.
Finished the day ensuring a master folder of information about staffing, self evaluation, school improvement planning, annual calendars, timetables and rotas, performance management and any confidential/sensitive information we stored securely for the new HT on the hard drive.
Office space is tidy. Documents as up to date as I am able to do. Time to hand it over and continue working on new school documentation etc…
Today was a slower start as I had burned the candle at both ends last night updating my new school’s school improvement plan and summary school self evaluation.
I have managed to write welcome page for new school as well as my first head teacher blog post. We are a blogging school and that is going to be so exciting.
Welcome – http://holytrinityrosehill.co.uk/about/headteachers-message/
Blog – http://headteacher.htrblogs.net/2013/08/19/ms-rachel-orr-head-teacher/
It is Friday and I have made it official.
I handed in my keys yesterday afternoon to the Shotton Primary School and it’s all become very emotional.
I really had no idea how hard it would be to let go. My admin manager has been my rock, my friend, my big sister, my greatest support as HT.
She didn’t want to take the keys from me. She popped them in a box in the safe and said that she wouldn’t be doing a thing until 31st August as I was still HT until then.
I had already said farewell to the children and most staff on the last day of term. As there were so many celebrations it didn’t really sink in that I was leaving.
Today it hit me. I hadn’t appreciated how hard this moment would be. So really very hard to do.
Bit of an emotional wreck this evening as I write this for Friday’s blog post.
It’s not the first time I have moved on from a school but the previous times have been either as SLT or DHT. Leaving as HT is so different. There will, no doubt, come a time when I do this all over again. I suppose nothing ever prepares you for that.
We stood in the car park. It seemed an age. Both tearful. Our school looked amazing against the blue sky. We both knew how much had happened over the years and how far we had come as a school and as a staff. She spoke so beautifully and told me she had loved every minute working with me and jumped out of bed every day to come to work. Tears streamed down my cheeks at this point as I popped on my oversize sunglasses to disguise my eyes.
I have been very privileged to work in an amazing school with an amazing team.
I spent my last moments in school with people who meant a lot to me. People who supported, believed, never gave up, had faith and were strong for me when things were tough.
It really was time to say goodbye. My admin manager, Pauline, is amazing She is ORRsome. We are no longer colleagues but great friends. We already have dates booked in the diary to catch up. It’s sad to say goodbye to someone knowing you won’t be working with them or see them in the building any more. But we do move on.
I sat in my car. I looked at our school. I resisted the urge to photograph it as I drove out of the car park. I sent one or two fab friends a text before I left the car par. Such an emotionally charged time.
This is real. My time has come. Moving on. So excited about working in my new school. It’s the best feeling ever knowing you are wanted and people are excited about you coming. What mORR could anyone wish fORR. I have a week to myself and family and then can’t wait for Tuesday 3rd September when we meet as a new staff team at school.
I have an amazing weekend lined up with 45 friends coming to celebrate my new job. Drinks all round. Giant ice bucket! So special.
I truly am blessed.
Have an ORRsome last week for those of you who still have holiday time left.
Enjoy it. Love every moment.
I love what I do so I do what I love.
Sometimes it is just that, black and white!