“Love what you do and do what you love!”
I was blessed to find this little sentiment on my desk yesterday and it got me thinking…brace yourselves!
a great interest and pleasure in something.
feel deep affection for (someone).
I am truly blessed to experience lots of loves in my life. I am loved and I love. I love my husband, family and friends. I LOVE Downton Abbey, Christmas and Sharks. I love my job and most importantly, I love Ribbleton Avenue Methodist Junior School.
As I come to the end of my 3rd year as headteacher of this wonderful establishment, I can not begin to believe the whirlwind adventure I have been on. As a school we have had some pretty tough moments, but the hard times have always been met with momentous moments or simple pockets of time that make me feel content and blessed to have been entrusted with the job of Head Honcho.
For some of you, this will be our final time together; your children will be leaving our Year 6 ready to embark on pastures new and for others, the journey is only just beginning. As I have looked through our Year 6 memories and moments, I can’t help but feel pride and an overwhelming sense of love. As educators our biggest fear is getting it wrong. We know the role we have to play in ensure that the children entrusted in our care have a lifelong passion for learning, living and life. We know the impact of our words and our actions and throughout our career we remain on the learning ladder ourselves, hoping that whilst at times we may get it wrong, much of the time we are getting it right!
Our children have lived through a time like no other; they have felt highs and lows we hoped they would never be subjected too but despite some dark times, I hope there has also been light. Moments of light that have sparked a new hobby, interest, friendship or a love of something. Throughout this entire pandemic, one thing has remained true for me and that is that I LOVE my job; it has been the driving force that has kept me sane and got me up in a morning. Despite covid playing havoc with my personal health, as well as working life, I can honestly say that I have never felt more grateful than I do today. I am one of the lucky ones who found a life that allows me to “Love what I do and do what I love!”
What do you love and why?
If you could do it all again, what would you change to find that true ‘love’ for life?
My advice to our children is to enjoy life and find things that make them happy. Life can be tough at times which Covid has taught our future generation all too soon, but it can also be wonderful. The simple pleasure of a sunny day, a walk through a meadow or reading your favourite book. It is important to make it count and fill it with moments of love that sooth the heart and heal the soul.
I leave you for now with thoughts of sunshine, happy times and fun, knowing that you take my love and best wishes wherever you go. Until September, stay safe RAMJS Family, and I look forward to feeling this wonderful, old building, brimming with love, both old and new, in our new academic year!