2021

When children need to walk their own journey.

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” Frederick Douglas.  June’s anniversary of D-Day, also coincides with the anniversary of the death of my father in law, Peter Whittle. He took a brave decision: a leap of faith and an unexpected journey when he chose to make a new life and… Continue reading When children need to walk their own journey.

2021

If we “future proof” our schools, we control our destiny

“Control your own destiny or someone else will” Jack Welch I cannot remember a time when I have ever had such direct access to power. This Spring, I find on these rainy, sunshine mornings that I walk past and greet the Prime Minister of my adopted country as he leaves his building every morning. It… Continue reading If we “future proof” our schools, we control our destiny

2021

Let Your Life Speak

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion”. Albert Camus. I have never been a huge fan of celebrating my birthday. It is not that I am worried about getting older, it’s just something I have never felt the need to make a fuss about.  In Moldova, celebrating… Continue reading Let Your Life Speak

2021, Uncategorized

Perspective and agency for now; any potential paradigm shifts are for later.

We will lead not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our examplePresident Biden, inauguration speech at The Capitol, 20th January 2021. There have been many surreal moments over the last year in the lifespan of this pandemic.  Sometimes, it feels as if we are barely holding on with our… Continue reading Perspective and agency for now; any potential paradigm shifts are for later.

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.

2020, Uncategorized

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?

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