I went off to the high school as usual to help with a music lesson and found the head of maths in the room instead, just drawing the lesson to a close. She looked slightly harassed. They are the liveliest Year 9 group; I’ve spent some time with them. The teacher had left a note asking me to start off the next class. Ah. Never done that before.
It took some raising of my voice – I speak loud and clear because both Kenny, our former gardener, and my mother suffered from tinnitus and couldn’t always hear a quiet voice, and I’ve not lost the habit. However, a couple of dozen chatty teenagers drowned me out for a minute. They soon settled down, I explained what they had to do, passed out worksheets and started off the lesson. D’you know, they were angels. No trouble at all. A few clicked the clipboards a couple of times, but a look, quizzical rather than severe, was enough – they weren’t really meaning to annoy, it was merely irresistible. The teacher came in after 40 minutes, very apologetic that it had been rather more than starting the lesson, but i assured her that it had been no problem at all – and it was true.
The chairman of governors wrote to me yesterday to tell me that one of the other governors whose term of appointment is up has decided to step down. Another long-term governor is intending to before long, I know. Both are excellent, very knowledgeable – both former senior teachers at the school, as it happens. I’m dismayed. I had realised (after having seriously considered standing down this autumn) that I’d have to carry on – there are constant changes afoot and it really does help to have a few people around who have known the place for some time – but I had rather wanted to relinquish the vice-chairmanship and there aren’t many people who would be likely alternative candidates. I’ve been going into school and into lessons a good deal this past year and have enjoyed that, both in music and learning support, so I’m just hoping that the chairman will carry on for a few more years.