I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer holidays. I certainly have! One of the important attributes of a great Headmaster is the ability to chillax and, while everyone else is panicking, keep a cool head and go surfing.
Unfortunately a couple of parents have failed to understand this and have been critical of the fact that since taking over as Head of CoAc, I’ve taken one or two holidays in the Algarve, Granada, Ibiza, and Tuscany. Plus of course Mallorca, Cascais and Jura. Not forgetting Lanzarote. They also claim I spend too much time on holiday in Cornwall although, given that I’ve been there six times in the past four years, I would argue that makes it less a holiday destination and more a second home.
It’s certainly true that while I’ve been away from CoAc this summer, there have been one or two biggish issues that needed sorting, but in this modern age, one can work perfectly efficiently while on holiday, provided there is a decent wifi connection in the pub and one is prepared to make the occasional long drive up the hill to get a bit of a mobile signal.
I can make important decisions just as easily, whether I’m sitting behind my desk at school or catching a wave on my bodyboard. Furthermore I am available 24/7 on my BlackBerry. Unless it’s drying out – or sand has got in it again.
Anyway, now I’m back, refreshed and ready to get stuck into those important jobs, by which I don’t mean planning my next holiday – as that’s already booked. So while I’m slaving away at my desk, I hope you more carefree souls enjoy what’s left of the summer!