You’ll remember that we had our Ofsted last month and that same night, one of our caretakers had a stroke and died a few days later. Then our Year 11 pupil died suddenly. We have all found the last few weeks of term quite a strain. But it got even worse. On Sunday morning I had a message from a friend (who lives in the village and is also a teacher at the High School) to say that the son of friends had been killed in a farming accident. In his latish twenties, he was married with a baby. His parents divorced and remarried many years ago and both extended families still live here. His half-sisters go to school here, the eldest at the high school.
Already shocked, this made everyone feel terrible. And yesterday afternoon, a member of staff (not a teacher) became seriously ill very suddenly and is now in Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge.
At the same time, it’s the end of the school year and there are various awards being given out, sports days, staff leaving parties and all that sort of thing, for which we have to be upbeat. And there’s an awful lot of work to do, less than a fortnight for everything to be in place for the academy change. It is legally set up, but we’re still working our way through all the contracts we need for everything the local authority did. And there’s the end of year paperwork too. The person who is ill is the financial manager’s right hand woman so there’s a practical problem as well as anxiety about a dearly loved friend and colleague.
So, nothing at all has happened as far as I or my family are concerned, we are fine. But I’m shocked, grieving and so sad for the people whose lives are devastated. Excuse me if I sound as if I’m wanting this to be about me, I really am not.
Today, however, has gone quite well. Final music lessons (for me and for most of two Year 9 classes) were fun. Interviews were extremely interesting, they will carry on later in the week and it will be a very hard choice. Tomorrow, a staff/pupil cricket match after school. I shall go and cheer on one team or the other, or probably both.