0745 There’s a new time rule on the gate so that children aren’t unsupervised in school from crack of dawn. Mr Sheedy has his beady on it. Some tearful parents, slightly nervous but up-for-it new starters.
0820 Year 7 lining up very nicely ready for
0830 Year 7 assembly. A perfect start: hall entrance and departure software successfully installed in all. Assembly on Thomas Tallis, the great survivor of Tudor bloodshed: a long, successful and happy life well lived. Y12 Assembly in the sports hall.
0900 Year 8 assembly very nearly perfect. They’ll do. We considered the state of the world and how our Tallis values could save us from war and wickedness
0930 Year 9 perfect. Assembly as above, repeated twice more later. Y13 do their assembling in the Sports Hall.
1000 Everyone to lessons, year 7 typically rush wildly, brandishing new timetables. Room numbers are explained several hundred times: floor, block, room. Great if you know which block’s which.
1100 Break: more consultation on room numbers.
1205 First lunch, very orderly and happy. Fingerprint machines not working very well, so MUCH slower than it should be. Still only a few still eating at
1305 Start of p4 for year 7, 8, 12 and 13. More directions, including for new year 12s, only some of whom are happy to be uncool enough to ask.
1320 Lunch for y9, 10, 11. Old hands.
1405 Year 10 assembly! As above,
1435 And finally, year 11. Get your work skates on: GCSEs are tough. Some reminding of lining-up rules, but perfect the second time.
1515 Goodbye at the gate. First day over, everything’s normal now.
So, if they won’t tell you what happened, this is it!