As I write this, I have jumped islands again, and am writing this from the big smoke in Christchurch (brrrrr). With the amount of times I cross Cook Strait, I should think about investing in my own ferry. Of course if that was the case, I guess I would have to do a Google search of how to drive a ferry (now that would be interesting). I would call it Technology PD, with a high risk of Health and Safety PD.
After my time at Tangimoana School in Term 2 (which I jumped from the SI for), I stayed a while in the Masterton area hoping to pick up some regular relieving. However, after a number of weeks in Term 3, it became clear that there wasn’t much work in the area. I did get a few days, which allowed me to work in another couple of great little schools during the first part of Term 3 (Hillcrest in Pahiatua, and Kumeroa-Hopelands near Woodville).
So I decided to jump back to the SI, to be closer to a city with more options of trying to pick up some casual work until my next teaching position came along. Brrrrr, did I know I had jumped islands again. Hopefully I will be able to pick something up in the SI for Term 4, as opposed to having jump back to the NI, especially as it can get really expensive, as all my travelling, accommodation and ferry costs have to be paid by me personally. It seems that when I am in one island, I get called to the other island. Then when I shoot back to the other island for work, then it comes up back on the other island. Go figure. At least I can’t say I am stagnant.
While I was waiting for something to come up, I decided to try my hand at something different (boredom was setting in). I ended up getting a casual job as a merchandiser, which is just a flash word to say shelf filler, as I found out. Having to get up by 5am for a 6am start in the CHCH cold was interesting. What would take a normal person to do in about 9 hours, took me about 12 hours. I’d start in the dark and finish in the dark. Talk about being a turtle, although driving between 10 different shops and fighting traffic didn’t help, especially in a city that I don’t really know my way around. However, after all the driving all over the city, I now know where a lot more McD’s are. I was merchandising eggs. Let’s just say, no chickens were ever harmed, but there were a number of eggs which needed hospitalisation. OK, I’ll be honest, a number of eggs never had a chance. Prior to the job, to me an egg was just an egg. I can at least now say I have done some PD with egg knowledge. Needless to say, I didn’t do too well in the job (lucky it was casual). At least I have some fluro gear (which I needed to purchase) for duty time at school. Now if you are a school looking at getting me in, please disregard this part of the blog which mentioned dead eggs (I am better with kids).
After I finished the job, the next time I shot into the supermarket as a customer, from habit I went straight to the visitor check in computer. The person looked at me strangely. “Opps, sorry”, I said, I forgot I am just a customer now. Of course I will just blame that on old age. I guess at least it gave the person behind the counter a laugh.
Anyhow, I hope you have all had a great term, and are looking forward to a bit of a break at the end of this week. Make sure you at least get some time away from all the work. It’s not going anywhere, and as I am sure you are aware, the pile never ends. By the time you know it, Term 4 will be here, and then of course for many, it will be reports and Christmas/ end of year concerts.
By the way, I have just updated my Christmas resources page for 2015. This includes a number of resources both in PDF as well as in Microsoft Word (which allows kids to be able to do it on computer, as well as allowing the teacher to edit any of it). There is also a generic Christmas Certificate from Santa which could be given to your class. As always, these are all free with no conditions or strings attached. I hope some of it is useful, and feel free to share either electronically and/or in hard copy.
Well it seems I can write quite a bit when I am not writing about anything. Cool, I pass NS in writing.
Until next time, have a great time, keep having lots of laughs, and make sure you have time for you in all the rush. Cheers, Chris (22/09/2015).