It seems to have decided itself. Despite my reservations about recorded music in church, I’m going with Tom Lehrer before the service starts and Tico Tico as I’m carried out. In between, straightforward hymns – I still want Father Hear the Prayer We Offer, which decision has lasted eight years so far, so must be about right for me, and another hymn which hasn’t quite been settled yet, so I’ll probably do a shortlist and let the family decide. Or they can go another way entirely if they like, as long as it is not All Things Bright and Beautiful, The Old Rugged Cross or Abide with Me. A wicker coffin, made by me or Sarah and little or no eulogy. If I pop off unexpectedly, please point my family in this direction asap.
Today, I was back at work. “Work” I should say, as it’s voluntary and therefore counts as fun. The consultation for academy status still goes on, but I have to say, I have thoroughly read everything I can about it and will vote in favour. Something drastic and unexpected would have to occur to make me pause. Some of the teachers are not in favour, some are, but the arguments against do not take into account the facts of the matter. I should make clear, I am not in any way in favour of sponsored academies and I do not want to change the conditions of employment of our staff, who are really excellent and work fantastically hard. I look forward to working more closely with them, in fact. This sounds thoroughly big-headed, I know, but those of the staff who don’t know me underestimate me. I’m all fun and frivolity of course, but it thinly masks a lot of knowledge of school management and a worryingly tough
cor blimey core. The first thing I want to do is set up a staff/governor forum so that representatives from both can meet regularly to discuss current events and concerns. I’m going to prove to sceptics that I mean what I say and that we can deliver what we intend.
I’m jumping ahead, of course. The proposition may be voted down, or we may be rejected. If so, it’ll mean a lot of cutbacks in a couple of years and probably a restriction to our curriculum.
Oh dear. Sorry. Let me see, what’s on tomorrow. A meeting with solicitors at school in the morning, then a haircut, then playing for a funeral The Lord’s My Shepherd and Abide With Me. Better than B&B, I suppose. Then there is the church AGM in the evening, but I shall not go. Z the little rebel. The Sage has another AGM; he is a Common Reeve and is up for re-election.