Dear School Diary...what chaos will this year bring?

Your crisp, white pages won’t stay pristine for long – the months ahead will soon be a ruined landscape of pencillings in and crossings out

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Dear School Diary,

You are a pristine place where no man has set biro. An anthology of emptiness where no scribbled engagements lurk and where the future is yet to be determined. In your pages destiny remains unwritten and my event horizon is empty. For now at least, I can flick through time and enjoy its brand new smell.

No ordinary diary can comply with the natural order of a teacher’s life. I can’t even contemplate a world that begins in the bleak landscape that is January. We all know that long before autumn term is over, the months beyond will have been turned into a ruined landscape of ...

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