I had a beautiful and much needed rest in Sidari! Well, an all round rested Summer! I think I've got too comfortable with it this time as I was desperately needing this break!
Well, today brings a new academic year at Barnsley College! Although I've been back at work since beginning of August. How different a year makes from last year!
There's been lots of change in my job. And it's started with getting the apprentices that I mentioned at the bottom of this post.
Last week was the first week of having the apprentices. We started off with a team building day out in the beautiful Derbyshire. We did caving in the morning and orienteering in the afternoon.
I generally felt a bit like a fish out of water last week. I went through many emotions and feelings. I'be been here before, I know what I need to do. It's just new and I'm a bit nervous. But the main thing is that the apprentices said they are enjoying it so far and feel good with what they are and will be doing. I will be doing a big reflection on this and forming a plan that can be used for next year. I will be responsible for managing and developing them. So I need to be on top form for this!
Actually, next year marks ten years since I was an apprentice. So it's a lovely kind of strange that I have come full circle sort of thing.
This year is going to be very interesting and probably my most hard worked. I will be fulfilling my new role, starting the Technology Enhanced Learning MSc, starting the quality assurance qualification and doing my Governor role. So there's plenty to be doing. But I need to look after my health during this. It looks like it could be quite stressful. So I need to ENJOY these and not see them as just tasks.
I've got so much to do, it begins again!