It could be argued that I made a mess of today. I got an email yesterday asking urgently for any school governors who could be available in the morning to please let school know. After checking my diary, admittedly a bit absent mindedly, I saw I was free and responded accordingly. The result was an invitation to assist with the Headteacher’s appraisal.
When I realised I’d scheduled a meeting for a day off, I was a bit naffed off with myself, but then I started to think. For most people, being a community governor in a secular school is an offering of time, a commitment beyond their working hours. It is, in fact, a gift to the school community. I’ve always thought of it as a work thing, because I wouldn’t have been asked to stand if I wasn’t “The Rector”. For most people, all governor activities eat into their spare time – why should I be any different?
It could be argued that on a day off, I should be doing things which replenish energy rather than use it. And, oddly, that’s what happened. I have been on both ends of the appraisal process more times than I can count, and I’m an old hand at assessing whether objectives have been met or not, and in shaping new objectives which are stretching, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. Yes, dear reader, I can do SMART objectives. And I have to admit that while it was not only interesting to be involved for a different sector, it was also highly amusing to watch the chap from Wiltshire LEA work out that the lady in a dog collar wasn’t quite as sweet as he perhaps expected. I found the whole thing enjoyable and fascinating, and walked away glad to have been involved.
After a lovely lunch elsewhere, I even sorted a tiny bit of the garden. No, not the
weeds died-back wild flower meadow, the clear patch beyond them. There will be a log store by the fence within a few days, and I’ll be able to get to it all winter!