So a year has passed since I wrote my Nurture 13.14 post http://wp.me/p4cGdC-3
You’ll be pleased and relieved I am not going to go through each of my 14 pledges for 2014 one by one – identifying 5 successes of the year and 4 wishes for 2015 shall suffice I feel……………..
What of 2014 then?
I set up my WordPress account MaryIsherwood.wordpress.com a year ago. My nurture 13/14 was my first blog and one of the challenges I set myself was to blog some more on a range of issues during 2014. I have been overwhelmed and really appreciated the positive responses and support I have had to all of the blogs I have written. I am not a prolific blogger but I do enjoy writing and I am really glad that others appear to have enjoyed reading. Thank you!
I had set myself a few work related challenges last year, one of them being to renew our Investors in People Award at Gold Level which we did in July 2014 http://tinyurl.com/njhdg4e
My staff team continue to be of extreme importance to me and I continue to be a PROUD headteacher – Passionate, Respectful, Organised, Understanding and Dedicated in all aspects of my work.
In my challenges for last year I also referred to considering training as an inspector. In the same paragraph saying it felt a little like moving to the dark side! Well – if that is the case I am indeed on my journey into the dark with the philosophy that it is good to have serving practitioners as part of inspection teams. I felt privileged to have the opportunity to meet with twitter.com/mcladingbowl earlier in the year and to have in some small way contributed http://tinyurl.com/ktyvx4h to dialogue about the future of inspection. It is a time of huge transition for Ofsted. Here is to a positive a nd if the current signs are indicative of the direction of travel, a much more collaborative future!
I had set myself a few swimming challenges in 2014, mainly centred around open water swimming and improving my swimming technique through the swimming club I had just joined last year. Well….working on my swimming technique – hmmmm…still work in progress. I have however had a great year for open water swimming – love it, just love it! I completed the Great Manchester Swim at Salford Quays in July in just over 45 mins and then in August went on holiday with my friend based in Oxford and swam each day in a different part of the Thames – fabulous!
Work-life balance has never been my strongest point – despite blogging about it ( link) and being a huge advocate of it at work, it’s not always easy to find the time, but it is so important! I have so lucky to have many fantastic friends, some of whom I have known for many years and others are more recent. My friendships are so important to me – highs and lows together and I am pleased to say I have really worked hard on making time to maintain those friendships throughout the year. This year has included developing friendships with twitter contacts too – it’s just great when you get the opportunity to meet people you have found a connection with on twitter and there are a few out there now I would include as my friends – you know who you are!!
Royal Garden Party
My final wish for 2014 was to take my mum to Buckingham Palace for the Royal Garden Party in June. What an amazing day we had. The weather, the outfits, (including the Mulberry handbag, the food…………… Everything about it was just lovely!. Whilst we did not meet the Queen, we were close enough to take a photo ( if only you were allowed cameras in! Ahem!)
And for 2015? I’m going to keep this brief!
I will continue to write……………………….
I am privileged to have the best job in the world, a job that is very important to me and I will continue to give it my 100% commitment. This year is the year of the new building i.e. construction year! After a lot of hard work in the planning during 2014, this year we should see our shared vision for the building becoming a reality. The timescale for completion is (currently) Dec 15. It’s going to be a busy year but at the end of it our children, the staff and the community we serve should have the building they deserve.
3) Work-life balance
I am going to continue to consider my work-life balance, my friendships and my wellbeing. A huge thanks to twitter.com/martynreah for giving us a kick-start with this encouraging and supporting us with his #teacher5aday challenge http://wp.me/p4VbxY-76
I can’t imagine not swimming and for me that now includes open water. I am starting on New Year’s day believe it or not at Salford Quays http://www.uswimopenwater.com/events/new-years-day-uswim-2/ Brr it’s going to be cold. I have purchased what is possibly the singularly most unattractive piece of clothing I have ever seen, that is a wet suit hood – however – if it keeps me warm then I won’t care what I look like. (Currently also sewing a pocket into my wetsuit for my hot water bottle!
In the summer months a further few days away with my friend open water swimming is definitely on the agenda. Last year was river swimming – this year we are thinking either Lakes or the sea!
Here’s to 2015!