Back to school – farewell Kairos, hello Chronos

“The clock, for all its precision in measurement, is a blunt instrument for the psyche and for society” Jay Griffiths

My two went back to school this week.

It’s always a week that I greet with mixed emotions.

I feel glee that I get some peace & quiet, time to read, write, swim, or simply shop without harassment or interference. No longer having to answer ‘yes’ to my son’s “Mummy” 40 times a day is a welcome relief, or to act as referee to increasing sibling spats as they get progressively fed up with each other.

Yet these feelings are almost always equalised with a sense of deep sadness that something very rare and precious in their lives has ended, at least for a season: the season of what is best termed ‘Kairos’. Continue reading

Farewell, Headteacher!

'Goodbye Mr Connell' twig writing by my daughter & friendThe head of my children’s primary school is leaving today after 26 years in the post. Yes, I did say 26 years!

He leaves with a great deal of sadness amongst staff, parents and pupils who have all valued his leadership in many ways.

After such a long stint in the post (some of the parents and staff were pupils when he first started) its hard to do justice to a farewell. So much of the school, its character, achievements and even physical appearance, are inextricably linked to him and what he has brought to it. Continue reading