Meeting the Principal

I haven’t yet wanted to publicise this website, partly because it’s still under heavy development, and partly because I think there are lots of logistical and legal matters which mostly relate to conducting this project in the college for an outside cause which I have a vested interest in. Although I’d been given an initial thumbs up from my Programme Area Manager, I didn’t want to start this project and then have the carpet pulled from underneath. Ultimately, I don’t want to get Ada‘s hopes up only to disappoint her. With this in mind, today I went to visit the Principal.

I had intended to ask the principal’s PA to arrange a meeting but as she wasn’t in her office but the principal was, I knocked on his door.

It felt like I was breaking strict protocol by going straight to him rather than taking a gradual approach through the chain of management, so when he invited me in I was quite anxious. I suppose my anxiety was heightened by an underlying sense that there was a lot riding on the next five minutes. I could be going home from work today and telling Ada that the principal said “No”.

Previously I’d attended a meeting in which the principal had been involved and thought then that he seemed approachable. Today my beliefs were confirmed; whilst explaining Ada’s story I was caught completely off guard when he asked how I’d been coping. There were lots of things I wanted to explain, and questions I had wanted to ask but in the moment they had all escaped me. I made a poor attempt to collect my nerves, said it felt good to be doing something proactive, and think I was able to give enough of an overview of the project so that he understood.

Now I appreciate that I must have caught him off guard too, and I hadn’t been able to explain the issues that I foresee will arise in the future, but he said “yes”.

The Principal said “Yes”!

Student Projects are Underway

Although some of the Engineering students were busy doing English exams, these four got a first look at the prototypes today:

The group seem to be getting enthused about the project and have started contributing ideas.

We’ve also decided that they’re all going to conduct their own research projects and by Christmas will have built individual prototypes. We’ll then decide which is best and commence building of the full size wheelchair in January.

They’ve all been assigned a space on the website where they can publish their own research and build diaries.

To give their projects a kick start, they’ve been set the homework task of building initial prototypes by next week’s lesson. Although a week is a relatively short space of time, I’m looking forward to seeing what they produce.


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