National Support Staff Awards - 9th October 2013

I recently spent three days in London in my capacity of NASBM Trustee. On Thursday evening I was at the trustees’ finance committee meeting and Friday was a full-day trustees’ meeting – the first one since Stephen Morales’s official start as Executive Director on 1 September. Lots of business was covered at the meeting; much has been happening behind the scenes in moving NASBM forward. Watch out for news and developments.

On the Saturday night I had the privilege of attending the NASBM National Support Staff Awards. My husband accompanied me and we were on the NASBM table, as I was presenting the NASBM-sponsored Lifetime Achievement award. There were three other couples on our table; in each case the wife was up for an award. We were fortunate to have two winners on our table: one lady who won the Primary School SBM award and our own group member Jayne Weatherill, who won the Eco award (see Achievements page). We had a lovely evening – a good meal, good company, a glass or two of wine, the celebration of many support staff achievements, followed by a few moves on the dance floor. (Yes, I'm afraid to say I was first up!)

It would be good to see more of our group at the awards next year. I’m sure there are many of you doing an excellent job in your schools, so do send the information to your heads when the nominations open in January.

All told, it was a hectic few days, followed by a hectic few more when I got back to school after a day and a half out of it. As I write, it is the night before our LASBM committee meeting for final planning of arrangements for our October conference and the eve of the 3-day audit of my Academy’s company accounts. In common with most of you, I feel like I’m spinning plates, but at least there’s no time to get bored!

Please let me have any items of interest for our new website, as we want to make it a sharing point for our group and it’s good to see what’s happening.

Sue Edwards