Mallorca, Spain, Summer 2013

Yes it is true that it’s taken me far too long to write about my final class and graduation in Mallorca last July summer holidays! So here it is…..

I booked a lovely two bedroom apartment in Mallorca, just two minutes walk from my school and 5 minutes walk to Cala Mayor; one of Mallorca’s lovely beaches. Here on the balcony, I spent 12 days studying; watching the cruise ships arrive and depart while writing my final papers and cramming for the final four hour exam.

As in previous visits to Bangkok, I flew in a day before the class and out the day after class finished. I discovered unexpected beauty in Mallorca on the island within the scenery, food, people and our class of course! I would advise others who take this summer study masters program to stay a few extra days at least to explore and discover the rest of Mallorca as well as recover from the study.

View from balcony

View from balcony

My last course ‘Leadership and Group Dynamics’ was a great cohort with challenging discussions and experiences with fellow students whom I’d spent three/four years studying. We knew each other quite well and enjoyed debating, encouraging, supporting and heckling each other! A great way to finish!

The final four exam was rather intense yet a great sense of accomplishment once the results are in and the entire Masters achieved. It was a wonderful way to celebrate graduation over a jug of sangria at one of the many beautiful beaches, feeling relieved and proud of our achievements.

Cala Major beach

Cala Major beach

Next journeys in our career paths – some friends from our cohort are already Principals at International Schools, some are school leaders, some wonderful teachers with high ambition. For myself, I’m not sure where I’m headed, but feel a sense of achievement still and am putting to good use skills developed over the four years in my leadership roles at UNIS Hanoi.

Currently I am Team Leader for ES Arts and run weekly teacher workshops for a group of 12 Vietnamese Instrumental Music Teachers; leading our Instrumental Program. A dear colleague/friend and I will present our findings and activities at our school on Peer Coaching for Team Leaders at the next EARCOS Teachers Conference in Bangkok this coming March. I am also actively wanting to get more involved with Orff Schulwerk Music Teaching pedagogy in Vietnam and Asia having recently returned from a very successful Orff Levels course in Canberra, Australia.

Education  is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the  world.
Nelson  Mandela

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