Friday 2nd December
8.15 – 9.45 Education Officer’s; Meeting – Sorted out the programme for the 25th January HT meeting. Each education officer gives an update of their week and any issue arising. This is becoming more focused as we go on and is helping to support more informed and purposeful practice.
10.00 Staff Briefing – I got some stick for wearing a black polo neck jumper – “Milk Tray” and “Bond, James Bond”. Introduced Alison Wishart and gave further updates.
11.00 Alex McCrorie – met to discuss the proposed changes to the Chief Officers’ Contract.
11.30pm Out to Dunbar Grammar for a quick pop in to the office for a cup of coffee. This is the first time I’ve been in the school since the beginning of term. It was good to see a few staff and to be warmly welcomed by the students I bumped into. I’ve deliberately been staying away from the school, as I know how hard it can be for someone acting-up when the incumbent keeps turning up on the door step. However, Paul Raffaelli is doing such a good job and I’ve been away long enough for it not to be the same issue as it might have been earlier in the term.
12.00pm – 1.30pm East Linton Primary School – Richard Wilson showed me me of the work he has been doing with pod casting and the use of associated software. I believe that technology can allow a small school tucked away in corner of East Lothian to take a leading role in education development on a national level.
1.45 – 3.00pm S6 Challenge. This involved teams from our secondary schools taking part in a range of outdoor challenges. The last task was to canoe down the Tyne with only broom handles as paddles – more time spent in the water than on it!! Congratulations to North Berwick but all teams deserve applause for their sporting endeavours and good humour. We are very lucky to have such a strong outdoor education team led by Alastair Seagroatt – particularly in comparison to some other authorities. You can’t measure how important a service like this is to schools – you just have to have faith.
3.15 – 5.15pm Back to office to catch up on e mails.