I have had a fantastic time at Walton School this term (travelling from Cambridge). Fantastic staff and fantastic kids with lots of fun and laughs. One of the things I loved about this school is that although it is a bigger school, (as my preference is in sole charge/2 teacher schools), which Walton has about 130 kids, it still has a nice relaxed family atmosphere with it. It really was a pleasure to teach in.
I got to do some of the things that I have done at other schools but I also got to try some new things this term to try and keep it varied and interesting. One of those things was a bigger emphasis on Dance with a little bit of Drama thrown it. I certainly got a lot of laughs out of it. Having a bunch of kids who are happy to just get in and try new things makes it all that much easier and fun (and educational of course if the boss is reading this-haha).
One minute I was starting and now we have come to the end. Don’t ask me where that term went.
Although this year saw the passing of a child at Walton which happened before I arrived, it was a honour to be able to be part of the unveiling of the Friendship Chair in Term 4 in memory of her. The Friendship Chair now rests on the school grounds which is a fantastic idea both in memory of the girl as well as it being something that the kids can use. Again, thanks Walton for allowing me to be a part of that. I shall take that away as yet another special event I was allowed to be a part of.
There are some images below which are mainly from Walton School which shows some of the things the kids were involved in. There are also a few at the end of it from Maihiihi School where I also did a few days on the days I wasn’t at Walton (those are the images with the kids in yellow and black uniform).
The end of this term also sees a fantastic person and teacher retiring from Maihiihi School. I first met Noeline at Maihiihi in my 2nd year out of training college when I won a position at Maihiihi. That was about 20 years ago (now I am really feeling old). So to be able to be back at Maihiihi in the term Noeline retires is also a honour. She will certainly be missed by a lot of people, including myself.
At this stage I have no idea what is happening for 2018 so as usual I shall just make it up as I go and see what happens for Term 1.
Many thanks to everyone at Walton (and Maihiihi) for giving me a great term and for taking on this old teacher to come and cause some chaos in your classes with your kids. I certainly take away a lot of fantastic memories.