Monday, April 29, 2019

Oh, my fur and whiskers! I'm late, I'm late, I'm late! (The white rabbit)

Hey everybody! 

Top tip and lesson for today: double check you have the right details regarding dates for Teacher Only Days.

Even if you are firmly of the opinion that the first day of term is a Teacher Only Day and therefore has a later start time than normal.

Even if you write it down and then believe it for two weeks of your holiday.

Just check and check again, okay!

That way, you won't arrive late on your first day at work.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

There comes a time when we heed a certain call, when the world must come together as one

Currently, I'm gearing up for a return to active service with OneSchool Global.

During the last few days, a rebranding has happened, so that the NZ campuses no longer go by the Westmount School name.

Instead, we are now known as OneSchool NZ.

OneSchool is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive, truly global schools, with over 9,500 students, 130 campuses and 2,500 staff operating across 20 countries.
The 130 campuses span five regions; Australia, North America, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Europe – and cities including New York, Paris, Sydney, Rome, Auckland, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hastings and Gisborne (the last two, on the east coast of the north island of New Zealand, are now my patch).

If you want to know more, click here.

I'm really looking forward to getting back into some routines and helping to lead this innovative school as best I can.

Also looking forward to linking up with my NZ colleagues, in and out of OSG, over the remainder of this year.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Two branches of one tree (John Lennon)

Celebrating my 35th wedding anniversary with the nicest person I know - my BFF, so not thinking too much about education today.

But if anyone wants to know the secret, just get in touch. Smiley face.

Monday, April 15, 2019

“Who are you?” said the Caterpillar.

“Who are you?” said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I—I hardly know, Sir, just at present—at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Old paint

 I'm reading Carly Simon's autobiography, Boys In The Trees, at the moment.

This quote resonates with me:

You know when you take the paint off an old canvas and you discover that something's been painted underneath it?
That's what I feel like - that part of the old is coming through the new.
Carly Simon

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Waiting for perfect is a never-ending game (Seth Godin)

Last week, I had a fantastic visit to a school in Palmerston North. The Manawatu campus of Westmount School was a vibrant, exciting, open campus with great leadership and staff. Nice muffins as well!

Gave me a great buzz of excitement about what is possible. Not talking about the muffins now.

Reminded me of this George Couros model. A lot!

Jim Seumanu, the Principal, would be that bloke with the fertile brain in the middle.