I couldn't resist taking a picture of the meeting table in the session room this afternoon after a long day of reflecting on the year past and thinking ahead to the year to come with Jen Robertson (Schools and Churches Youth Development Worker) and the other members of the Management Group for this post. A day, in other words, of strategising. Despite coming to what normally feels like a break time with the summer school holidays nearly upon us, I seem to have been involved in plenty of these kinds of meetings recently.
Two days a couple of weeks ago were spent in the same room with members of the Rights Respecting Steering Group from Calderside Academy thinking very productively about the vision and values of the school and what a new school charter might look like. This involved children from each year group, staff members, and others like the chaplaincy team. These, too, were long exhausting days but I (and the other members of the chaplaincy team) were so impressed with the young people who were representing their year groups. They contributed brilliantly, and came up with some super ideas.