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2021

Resolutions for 2021? Take a daily walk

All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses Walt Whitman It took a very cold, wintery, foggy morning in early January, walking around an icy field and through a small woodland copse, near my home in Bristol with my dog Dylan, to finally allow my mind to wander and have real time to reflect over the… Continue reading Resolutions for 2021? Take a daily walk

2020

The leadership we need for our school communities now.

Children are the priority. Change is the reality.  Collaboration is the strategy”. Judith Billings, Superintendent of Schools, Washngton State. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decision”.Stephen R Covey. There are two recent stand out moments for me this month regarding leadership, especially moral and values based leadership.  The… Continue reading The leadership we need for our school communities now.

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What kind of World do we want?

And indeed it could be said that once the faintest stirring of hope became possible, the dominion of plague was endedAlbert Camus I had hoped to read my book on the three hour journey back to the UK from Chisinau, but found myself on a very crowded plane, with various people still finding the concept… Continue reading What kind of World do we want?

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The myth of ‘Covid secure’ and other gobbledygook starting a new academic year.

The lowest ebb is the turn of the tideHenry Wadsworth Longfellow Since I returned to Moldova on the 16th August, starting in earnest the preparations for what we all knew would be like no other academic year, there have been two distinct moments of complete relaxation where my thinking switched only to time, moment, place.… Continue reading The myth of ‘Covid secure’ and other gobbledygook starting a new academic year.

2020

Finding hope in education as we prepare to return to a new academic year

Nobody has a clue what the World will look like in 5 years' time. And yet, we’re meant to be educating children for it."Sir Ken Robinson There have been a number of Ken Robinson quotes rolling around my head this summer: from his “schools kill creativity” to “imagination is the source of human achievement”. One… Continue reading Finding hope in education as we prepare to return to a new academic year

2020

Getting back to Global; the next normal. July 2020

DO NOT GET LOST IN A SEA OF DESPAIR. BE HOPEFUL, BE OPTIMISTIC.Rep. JOHN LEWIS 1940 - 2020 For most people I know and speak to, living in the present moment is a very difficult idea to hold in one’s mind right now as we move into the latter half of 2020. We are either… Continue reading Getting back to Global; the next normal. July 2020

2020

We are all in the same storm, but not in the same vessel.

Reflections on the first half of 2020 and other pandemic axioms. One of my favourite memes for 2020 is Marty and Doc Brown standing beside the crashed DeLorean with Doc telling Marty he shouldn’t have set it for 2020.  My other one is the sign outside the bookshop saying 2020 written by Stephen King and… Continue reading We are all in the same storm, but not in the same vessel.

2020, notes from the lighthouse

We made it and we are still here thanks to our whole school community; Hope, speranţă, надежда

8th May The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.  Hegel "Congratulations, dear Robert!!! It is a really very very important activity the job your school is doing for our young generation, Thank you very much for such investment in our generation of new citizens, citizens of the future of the Moldova state. This is a very… Continue reading We made it and we are still here thanks to our whole school community; Hope, speranţă, надежда

2020

We are still here – Education beating Covid-19

April 10th  There was an odd moment looking at all the amazing activity this week on our school social media when I realised that our "new normal" is now our "normal". The incredible teaching and learning that is in every lesson, every day in this crisis, now for over a month, is just remarkable. It… Continue reading We are still here – Education beating Covid-19

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Notes from the Lighthouse

Mr. Rob : Lighthouse Keeper March 13th 2020 This has been an extraordinary and unprecedented week in the life of our young school. I write this completely without hyperbole and after 25 years in education; half of these as a senior leader leading schools and working with schools and their communities around the World. The… Continue reading Notes from the Lighthouse