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Headteacher for the Day

Posted: 22nd June 2018 | Category: Headmaster's Blog

Back in December, I was lucky enough to win the auction at the Skippers Hill Christmas Fayre. The prize: Headteacher for the Day!

What an opportunity, I thought: the chance to step into the life of a Headteacher and see the ins and outs of running a school. As a parent with a son in Year 7 at Skippers, I was so excited about what was to follow.

June came around extremely quickly and, before I knew it, it was the night before and I barely slept due to a nervous condition caused by a fear of public speaking. Nevertheless, I arrived early and after an initial meet and greet, I held an assembly on the dark side of sugar and the benefits of healthy eating.

The children listened, engaged, asked questions and looked me in the eye. I was very impressed and enjoyed taking questions from the floor: it was great to have children enquire because often, as an adult, knowledge is assumed, which is a lesson I have learnt. 

Following the assembly, I accompanied a new parent around the school with two children from Year 8 by my side. They were very informative: I was about to chip in, but there was no need! Their knowledge was endless.

Next on the agenda was teaching. I held a history lesson with Year 5 and they were absolutely brilliant. Hands up, inquisitive, polite and willing to learn. What more could I ask for?

Following this, lunch was had. A lovely change from the endless sandwiches I usually have! A delicious lunch that was clearly enjoyed by not just myself, but the whole school. I then joined the lunch monitor in the playground where a young man asked me, "Do you have control of the budget for today?" I answered that I did not; he then retorted, "Shame, I wanted all the children to get water pistols!!"

I then wandered down to the cricket pitch to umpire the U13s. This is hallowed ground and the boys played ever so well, but were undone by too many wides! 

And with that, my day as Headteacher was concluded. And what a tiring day it was. A lot of children and a lot more questions. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the day and was very impressed with the children. So polite and kind. They made me feel very welcome along with all the staff. I'd like to thank you, Mr Hammond, and the whole of Skippers Hill, for this opportunity. I had the most fantastic time and I'll be bidding again for this next year! 

Nigel Howard 

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