The Animals Came in Two by Two

Since you’ve been gone, I’ve had the first taste of the fullness of life in my new job.

Today, students arrived. Lots of them. In their droves. This was a good sign. Without the students, the school wouldn’t be there and I would be looking for another job! For the most part, they turned up shiny, new, neat, tucked in and eager to reacquaint themselves with their friends and teachers. The brand spanking new building that they have waited three years to see was finally opened to them, and it was really lovely to see their delighted reactions.

There were some exceptions, of course. A handful arrived late and a couple didn’t make it past reception before they were sent home again. (Apparently it’s not a good idea to turn up for school with green hair!) Some didn’t turn up at all and there began the thankless task of contacting parents to ask why they weren’t there. Well, I guess I may as well start as I mean to go on…!

Tomorrow, the final two year groups will have their induction opportunity. It will be nice to welcome them in. I wonder what the Year 7s will make of their first taste of secondary school. I hope they realise how fortunate they are to have such an amazing range of facilities open to them, and that they make the most of the next 5-7 years with us.

Meanwhile, the work I am expected to do increases by the second. Emails and phone calls are coming my way, on top of the work that was already there on day one – and I simply can’t deal with them all. Not just because I have such limited time, but because I don’t know enough to actually do the jobs. I’m still not panicking about this. There is only so much I can do, and they are aware that I’m not going to be able to do things straight away. But my goodness, it frustrates me!

My colleagues continue to be warm and welcoming. And it’s quite good going that at the end of day four, the office manager gave me a hug. This was gratefully recieved, and I’m so glad that these people and I seem to be likeminded. I am also a tactile person. I prefer to be around other tactile people.  I am very hopeful that I will find friends there.

There was rain this afternoon and for the first time in a long while, I noticed the evening came earlier and darker. Perhaps that was partly to do with cloud cover. But as I pulled the curtains, I couldn’t help thinking that Autumn is on its way.  I hesitate to say winter is coming, for all sorts of reasons, but chiefly because I don’t want to be accused of stealing a meme!

Stay gold.