Author Archives: bergistra

Chasing Rainbows…

Things at school have been unbelievably busy it feels like I hardly have time to breathe. There are so many major things that I have to lead and manage or be part of on behalf of the school at the … Continue reading

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Returning from the Wilderness…

Over the last week or so I have sat down a number of times to write  this blog but have found myself without a voice.  I have been unable to articulate the conflict that has been raging in my head, … Continue reading

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Mapping a clear course…

I know it’s an old cliche but being a Head Teacher really is rather like being the captain of a ship sent to explore distant lands.  Sailing on unpredictable waters which sometimes swell into giant storms, striving to steer a … Continue reading

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Tough Choices

My school has been eerily quiet this week. Children and staff have been suffering from a particularly virulent flu strain and many have been at home. Those that are in have been rather subdued. We have had to cancel performances … Continue reading

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Frayed around the edges

Apart from all the obvious strategic leadership and managerial stuff that we do as Head Teachers our other main role is to hold the organisation together emotionally. At times of the year when staff and families are under stress this … Continue reading

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Holding the line…

Working with very challenging children day in, day out, is exhausting both physically and emotionally, and you have to be very resilient to be able to manage it without falling into a state of collapse yourself. This kind of work … Continue reading

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A Perfect Storm…

Vulnerable chilren around the school are starting to be more notieable as the holiday approaches. Children who have been well managed and contained and learning well are struggling to stay in class, are refusing to learn, are showing us how … Continue reading

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