Lovely Lady Supply Teacher arrived on Monday morning. She is absolutely wonderful with the pupils and a really great colleague to have around the department. Coincidently, she was a Head of Music in a Birmingham school until last Christmas (with 20 years 'at the chalk face'). Her reasons for leaving full time teaching are remarkably similar to mine - but she still has two young children, so a supply contract for classroom work suits her best for the moment. It's like she's been sent into my life for a reason......amazing when a new friend appears out of an immensely difficult situation!
I had a meeting with Enthusiastic New Deputy Head this afternoon. I feel like I have a great relationship with him - largely because I am completely outside his agenda for changing the world but he still has a healthy respect for the work that I've put into the department. He does have a blunt style which is alienating some of my colleagues, but I prefer to work with people who ask the right questions.... even if the answers are a little uncomfortable.
Fourteen people have applied for the Music teaching vacancy that has resulted from Lovely Colleague taking on my role. I have decided to take a back seat in the interview process next week. This appointment is the first stage in Lovely Colleague taking over the department and she doesn't really need me hanging around! In addition, Bullying Deputy Head decided (without consultation) to put the interviews on Thursday which is my main teaching day for exam groups. I'll have a bit of time first thing in the morning to say "Hi" to the candidates but then I'll disappear....
I'm saving the best news until last... I had a phone call from Morley Harps yesterday lunchtime. My harp is completely restored, healthy and waiting to be collected! This means that we will be off to the South Cotswolds again on Saturday morning. Watch this space for more photos and posts!
What a difference three days make.....!! Jx