My last day at Nodehill was a warm and memorable experience. Staff and children wished me all the best in my new role as CILT Language Teaching Advisor and freelance consultant and Mr Morris said some very kind words in the last assembly of the year.
I also received some lovely cards including one from a parent of a Yr5 pupil which read:
I wanted to write and thank you for your lovely words in Charlie's report. Every week Charlie has come out of school after his French lesson full of enthusiasm and praise for you. You have given him a great start which we hope he will build on in the future. Truly inspirational!
The staff dressed up in outlandish clothes for charity for the day which is why I'm sporting the colourful tie-dye top in the picture above. My two colleagues Richard and Stuart are cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats in August and I'm sure the money we raised will help get them on the way.
The chocolates and pocket guide to Twitter were also much appreciated as were the HMV and Pizza Express vouchers :)
Leaving Nodehill after 10 years was a tough decision, but it's more Au revoir than Adieu as I will still be doing the odd bit of supply at the school and of course keeping in contact with former colleagues. I guess I'll also have to change the personalised message on my Skype account which for the last year and a half or so has read Looking for my next move. Maybe I should change it to Looking ahead to new challenges. We'll see.
So if you would like me to run some training in your school from September 2009 onwards, feel free to get in touch and I'll see what I can do.