Michael has made a diary account of what he got up to on his first week and how he is settling into his role.
Monday 7th September –
So my alarm now goes off at 6:30am – that’s new (and ungodly!) Thankfully, I was very excited to go and meet Ann-Mari at Rodborough. I had lots of questions for Ann-Mari about the role of the Youth Specialist to which she gave me some really sound advice, and it was great to know I have a supportive colleague so close by. She had a lovely spiritual quote on the wall which was very inspirational for my day ahead – “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
In the afternoon, I was off with Adam in Maximo into Godalming and Wrecclesham, meeting young people in their communities, introducing them to our big blue bus. It was great to see how Eikon operates and connects with young people both in school and out.
Tuesday 8th September –
Having received a very warm welcome from my new school colleagues on the previous week’s INSET day, I was eager to start my first week in my new role!
The day consisted of sifting and sorting some really great resources with Rachel, the school’s Home School Link Worker, which helped me to start planning some exciting sessions with groups of young people.
I also managed to undertake my first 1-2-1 session with a student today too!
Wednesday 9th September –
I had to get my ‘Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’ on today as I began to start my displays for my new Eikon room. Needless to say, there is a lot of royal blue on the walls!
I hope that eventually my room will be a soothing environment to be in, which will hopefully encourage students to be relaxed and happy when talking to me about their issues.
Thursday 10th September –
Today I started to do some background research on the referrals that have been coming thick and fast! This was really useful in order to give me an overview of some of the issues Broadwater’s young people are facing.
At the end of the day I met with some of the Special Educational Needs staff to discuss the students some of the potential students that may be referred to me too. All in all, a very informative day!
Friday 11th September –
What a week! Today I made sure I caught up with emails and other induction tasks to make sure I had done all of the necessary administrative tasks that come with any new job.
I have had a really great week in my new role, but I’m certainly looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Bring on next week!
Watch this space to find out more about how Michael is getting on in his role at Broadwater school!