James Handscombe

We should all walk about as if we own the place

If all staff and students take responsibilty for welcoming guests, holding doors open and picking up litter, then everyone can truly take ownership of your school

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When I first started secondary school, I was given my own desk – a wooden affair with a lid that revealed a shallow storage place in which I was to keep my books and stationery (and, being a small boy, any aniseed balls, dead frogs or copies of the Beano that I managed to accumulate); it even had a space for an inkwell.

From my desk, I would set out for lessons in classrooms and laboratories across the school with the mild terror associated with being an ickle firstie reduced by the knowledge that somewhere (in room A18) there was a desk that was forever (well, until the end of the year) ...

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