Winding up … Winding down …

I’ve just woken from a siesta and the temperature outside is still 44°C.

As of last night I’m now officially on annual leave; that is, my year is wound up, complete, finito!  

And what a special finish it was – drinks, photo booths, costumes, videos, great food, and special friends (also called work mates), not to mention the venue overlooking the beach.  

This bunch of staff enjoy being together; there is mischief in their eyes and fun and laughter follow. Evidence is on Facebook – lol.

So important to look back over the year and celebrate the achievements and the collegial relationships that enabled these accomplishments. Let tomorrow take care of itself.

We all have ways of transitioning from our work week to the holiday season. 

My formula for winding down is as follows : EAT – SLEEP – DRIVE. For me it is vital that I eat and sleep well in the first few days.  In addition we find it helpful to leave town for a few days, just to get out of the familiar surroundings, leaving behind computers and iPads.

This year involved many ‘I won’t be doing that again’ tasks.  In two months time, I step down as Dean of Education after being the Deputy Dean and Dean for 4 1/2 years. 

My decision is motivated by two things, one is that I want to return to my teaching and research and the second is my concern for my own health and well being.  Planning has already began.

Have a good break, eat sleep & drive



What a day …

What a day.

I’m in Perth for the AARE conference; I present tomorrow.

I have been able to fit in some meals with my daughter and 1 year grand-daughter (Ellie).  What a reminder of family, education, and how our children are growing.

Today marks the 32nd birthday of my son in New Zealand.

A very satisfying day.


AARE Presentation 2015

This is a copy of the presentation and the article I am co-presenting tomorrow at the Australian Association of Research in Education.  I am presenting with the Principal and Associate Principal from New Zealand where I continue to conduct the research.

7 years on, the research continues to scope the Principals engagement in the ideological nature of the school.

Trust you enjoy


AARE 2015 presentation

Journal article