As of tonight, I have only 8 days remaining at my school before I move on to a new challenge. Whilst there are many changes that I am yet to see evolve in their entirety, and would like to have had the opportunity to see them through, often unique opportunities throw a spanner in the works and I find myself leaving a job I love for a chance to be involved in a project that is a once off! This unexpected opportunity has been a very quick turnaround meaning a speedy handover to my replacement and a hectic tidying up of loose ends. Whilst this has meant a frantic past two weeks, over the last few days I have had the opportunity to pause and reflect on my time at WSS, an opportunity which is often too infrequent as a school leader when our roles are demanding and exhausting.
I have never found saying goodbye easy, often using humour or sarcasm to avoid what I would consider uncomfortable sentiment from others. To avoid this, I have written brief notes to the people who have inspired me, challenged me, showed me kindness or who have had left an impact on me in other ways. This has helped me to work towards closure on an amazing chapter of my professional life, one which I am truly grateful for.