Growing up in a house where l was the eldest of three sisters l have to confess that l wasn’t great at sharing. I was more than happy for my younger sisters to share what was theirs with me but never quite got the knack of it being the other way round!
At school over the past couple of weeks sharing has become something of a Hastings theme and so l am relieved to say that l am far better at it now than l was as a child! Mr Shipman and myself presented at an event in London last Saturday which was hosted by the Shared Headship Network. This is a national organisation that promotes co-leadership in the education sector and it was great to share our experience with other Co-heads from across the country and support others who are aspiring to take up a similar role. We spoke about our first 100 days in post and the many benefits that we have experienced so far.
Wet weather has meant that we have endured more wet breaks and lunches than normal for this time of year. This means that our students have to share limited indoor space and have had less opportunity to let off steam before afternoon lessons. As a result everybody seemed a little lacklustre by Friday so we decided to spread a little cheer by delivering a cup of tea to every member of staff.
Mr Shipman and Mrs Brown on tea duty!
However, it is important to note that some things are best not shared. This week Mr Gregson’s assemblies have focused on how to ensure that our personal data is kept safe online and highlighted some of the more recent scams that have caught people out.
As the Christmas season gets in to full swing we will be delivering advent calendars to classes next week. Each day encourages an act of ‘care’ or ‘excellence’ to ensure that our Hastings vision is realised. On Monday we are asking that everybody takes time to say something positive to everyone they meet. Hopefully, by sharing lots of good will we can all survive the last few weeks of what has been a very long term!