Back to School
Hello- Clive here. Last Thursday, I received a card with about 3 sides of hand written text from my daughter’s former primary school Head Teacher. She retired in July after 15 years as Head of the school. She was a first class Head Teacher. When I heard of her retirement, I was delighted for her but disappointed for the school.
I wrote to the Local Authority, suggesting that something should be done to make sure that her experience, skills, wisdom and talent wouldn’t be lost across the County. I thought that she could be a great Mentor and Coach for other (less experienced) Head Teachers. She wrote to thank me for my letter. She also said some very kind words about my 7-year-old daughter and about my ongoing contribution to the work of the school. It was very touching.
Reflecting on it brought a few things to my mind. Here are two:
- The hand written word is very powerful. I felt very appreciated when I read her card. I knew that she would have had to purchase the card and then take time to write it. Everyone knows that email takes a second and everyone does it. Very few people send hand written cards nowadays.
- From next Wednesday thousands of children start returning to school. The school holiday period can bring decision making in many organisations to a stand still. From discussions I have been involved in recently, it seems that over the next few weeks, many people are getting ready to have some of those more difficult conversations I wrote about a few weeks ago. If this also applies to you – Good luck.
By the way, writing this has reminded me that I haven’t had a response to my letter to the Local Authority. I must follow it up.
Have a good week.