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

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

More Teacher Talk – COVID-19 and a response from school leadership: carry the flame and defend the weak, with Robert Ford

In the unprecedented times we find ourselves, this month's blog is presented in a different format: a podcast. A transcript will follow shortly. My entire focus for the past three weeks has been on readying my school community for the realities of what has now become a global pandemic: Covid-19 is a now familiar term… Continue reading More Teacher Talk – COVID-19 and a response from school leadership: carry the flame and defend the weak, with Robert Ford

2019

An International School in Moldova – first impressions.

My new neighbourhood There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without principle; Science without humanity; Business without ethics.Mahatma gandhi Eu cred in Moldova. Thierry Ernst, French born, Moldovan cheesemaker in Horodiste, Moldova Anna Akhmatova’s poem “The Guest” was being read on… Continue reading An International School in Moldova – first impressions.

2019

They think it’s Moldova, it is now…new beginnings and new blog

“That one is never ready for the next step in life’s journey, we learn what we need to know from the road itself” Anon Hi Rob, …wanted to quickly let you know while I’m out here I’ve been seconded for a few weeks by the FCO to the UK mission to the UN in New… Continue reading They think it’s Moldova, it is now…new beginnings and new blog