Olé! (That’s Portuguese for “Don’t panic everyone, I’m back”!)
The business of a successful Academy never stops and just because it’s a long summer holiday doesn’t mean that I, as Headmaster, have taken a long summer holiday. No, I checked out of my hotel an entire day early, once I became aware of the tragic loss of life going on elsewhere in the world. I simply had to dash back to prepare a tweet about Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, trying to get them down to 140 characters.
I’m actually surprised that anything’s gone wrong while I was away, because I took the precaution of timing my holiday carefully to coincide with when Nick was away as well – so he wasn’t here to mess everything up! Far safer to leave everything in the capable hands of no one.
Since coming back, I’ve heard of wider problems which may require a special outward-bound trip to Iraq for the recently disbanded CCF. I gather parents think I should be calling all the staff back from holiday as well for a special meeting, but you may recall that I did something similar last year, in order to discuss problems at the Assad Chemical Academy in Syria, which ended up with a lot of people disagreeing with me, so you see these meetings aren’t always worth having!