The second half of the summer term can be difficult. Some children find the impending change of year group, and for Year 6 the thought of moving school, especially difficult to handle, and the tiredness that builds up during the year can make everything that happens at this time of year a bit daunting.
My plan for this half term holiday was to prepare as well as I could for the rest of the school year. My plan was to rest, read, and run, and to catch up with all of the admin tasks I had got behind with over the last few weeks. I’ve kept to this, and now feel ready for the fun and challenges of the next eight weeks.
I have also made some work-based pledges to myself. I have found that writing and sharing these pledges helps me to keep them!
Look forward to and enjoy all the events that make this half term special. Instead of looking at the calendar and dreading the sight of three late nights in a week, I will make a conscious effort to enjoy everything that happens. Governors meetings are an opportunity to share successes and to get the challenge that I need to keep working on our improvement targets. Concerts and Productions are uplifting, and a chance to see the children shine.
Continue to exercise regularly. By making myself run a couple of times a week I find I have more energy and feel better. I don’t run very quickly, and I’m sure it’s not a particularly pretty sight, but gave up worrying about that a long time ago. For me, the hardest part of running is getting out the front door, but I will make sure that I keep up a good routine.
Have a good sleep regime. There’s always more to do, but I will make sure I stop in time to allow myself a good night’s sleep. I have got much better at closing off the worrying and thinking about work that used to keep me awake at night, but need to make a conscious effort to do this. So no late nights, and switch off all the phone and iPad by 9.00pm.
Eat a healthy diet. It’s easy to cut corners when you’re tired, but the body won’t work properly without the right fuel. So I will make sure I eat and drink properly until the summer holidays.
Smile, keep cool and keep calm. Whatever I’m feeling like, the outward me will be calm and positive. As Haim G Ginott says, ‘It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather.’
Keep the regular things going. To make things as easy as possible for the children and staff it’s important to keep school routines going throughout the term. We keep teaching a normal timetable right up to the last day, apart from special events like sports days. Keeping that structure and routine is so important for everyone, especially the children who struggle with changes to the normal pattern.
The plan is to enjoy the journey to the summer holidays. Keeping to these pledges will help that happen.