I had a great time in both schools, and also had the added bonus of having 2 consecutive days at Greta Valley so I could continue with things the following day in the same class.
I must admit, I am starting to have to think a bit harder these days as to which school I am going to and which direction to head in when I leave for work in the mornings. Touch wood, I haven’t yet ended up turning up to the wrong school (although at my age it must be getting close). At least I guess if I did, they certainly wouldn’t forget me.
During the week at both schools, I got to do some cooking, wood pokering, skewer through the balloon experiment, canvas art and sport activities, on top of other normal work. I even took a 2nd round of the egg experiment, where I got the seniors to explain to the juniors how to do it, and then the juniors had a try (they did really well too). I must admit, when it comes to making mini apple pies, I have certainly learnt a few things about pastry and how it sticks to everything. I now know to use flour when rolling pastry (I get a sticker for a change). I am like the kids when it comes to this, where it is all trial and error (it’s even more fun that way too). I have also learnt not to blow too hard when you have flour nearby, otherwise everyone , myself included, can start looking like Casper the Ghost. Well at least I can then say I have also done a drama lesson . Yet another thing I learnt, is that while waiting for the pies to cook, the kids suddenly like to turn pastry into playdoh (go figure, art and cooking in the same lesson!).
One of the great things I love about being back at a small school like Greta Valley, is that a lot of the activities we do in the senior room (Y4-8), I can also include the kids from the junior room. Being just a 2 teacher school, I do miss being able to do that in the bigger schools. It is not only great to see the older kids supporting the junior kids, but it also allows my class to see me have a bit of fun with the junior kids.
On one of the days at one of the schools, I really thought I was doing well on my lunchtime duty. I had an eye on the time ready to pounce on the bell once 1.30 hit. I was just starting to head to the bell, which at that time I actually had no idea where the bell was, when a bunch of my kids said why I hadn’t I rung the bell. What they didn’t tell me beforehand, was that the bell rings at 1.20! Boy did I give them a hard time back in class (but in a fun way though). Luckily the boss was away so I still get paid for the day-haha.
Well next week of course is the last week of term, and only a four day week (with Good Friday being a holiday). At this stage, my last day is Monday back at Southbridge School in a Year 4 class. It was actually this same Y4 class which my first day’s work this term was in. So I started the term in this class, and end the term in the same class. I am then going back to the same school on Tuesday although this is a freeday, where I will be working with groups of kids just to do a few things with some of the kids that I never got to do on my paid days (making good on some promises I made to some kids in the Year 5/6 classes). Because I won’t actually be in charge of a class, it means I get to spend a bit more time with some of the kids I never got around to when I was teaching their class.
Of course as a reliever, we don’t get paid in the holidays, so unemployment looms for another fortnight. At this stage I don’t know which area or island I will be teaching in for Term 2 (it just depends), so at this stage, it’s anyone’s guess. It just depends who contacts me and if any last minute circumstances change.
Many thanks to the three schools who took on this old reliever during Term 1, 2015 (Southbridge, Greta Valley, Hokitika). I had a great time at all three schools, both with the staff as well as with the kids.
Until next term, make sure you have some time for you and the family over the break, sit back, relax, and take some time to smell the roses. Have a fantastic last week of the term, and a very safe and happy break, and don’t spend all the holidays on work (although I know that can happen). Happy Easter, and Happy Holidays. Cheers, Chris