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Wow...what happened there!
It is now go plus 4 days and I think I have lost 4 days of my life..it has all blurred into what feels like only a couple of hours!
Monday was my first official day and the first thing that happened in the morning was the most lovely Powhiri I have ever attended. The students at my school have such a clear understanding of their heritage and connection with their area...I am very lucky to be leading a school like this!
So there is 6 days to go till I legally take over the reins....and at the moment I am running around trying to get up to speed with budgets, property works, planning, organisation and a completely lacking H and S system
I feel a lot like a thunderbirds puppet...wanting to focus on the big aim...teaching and learning....but some puppeteer is pulling strings that mean I need to focus on admin a lot at present!
Still, I guess once I have knocked these systems on the head we can…Continue
The thunderbirds seems to represent how I feel at the moment as I start the 16 day countdown to officially leading learning at my first school as principal! Though the paperwork has started already!!
I've been at my new school twice this week to begin connecting with my team, meeting students and joy of joys writing contracts! It was the contracts that caused me to finally realise, holy heck, I'm a principal... when I finished the contracts and went to turn to my principal to…Continue
So I was thinking I want to be able to honestly record and reflect on the journey I am embarking on as a first time Principal...I didn't necessarily want the full reflections to be in a public space...then I remembered this space that Hazel set up...as close to the VPLD as it can get:)
So I figure I will reflect here!
My first reflection is on how I got here...and boy has it been a journey!
I am in my 7th year of teaching and have been a DP for 4 of those years...so my…Continue