Sunday, 19 May 2013

I Wanted To Do A Really Good Post Today

But I just went in my rucksack to take out my camera (used in school this week to take photographic evidence of the children's collages of 'favourite food') and it wasn't there. I looked again and then looked a third time but where it is, I just don't know. I'm hoping I'll go back into school tomorrow and find it on one of the cupboards. Fingers crossed!

It's been a bonkers week.

If you read my Twitter feed, you'll know that on Monday afternoon the school where I'm based for my final placement received the dreaded call from Ofsted and we spent until late on Monday evening running around like calm but headless chickens tweaking plans and making the classrooms look like highly 'effective learning environments'.

Ofsted came and went and on Wednesday at 4pm we breathed a sigh of relief. Thursday was spent having a bit of a treat day, giving the children a 'cinema afternoon' with The Lion King and popcorn as a thank you for being so switched on over the two days (although probably more importantly it gave us teachers an opportunity to flop for the afternoon).

On Wednesday evening I felt I was getting a sore throat and by Thursday night I had the start of a proper cold. My voice lasted until 7.50pm on Friday night and I've spent the rest of the weekend sniffling around.

I did venture out yesterday to pick up a parcel from the Post Office (enamel mugs for our Campervan trip!), then I popped in to the butchers before heading to the Craft And Art Fair that was being held at my church. The church looked beautiful, decked in flowers and bunting and with a lovely selection of lunches and afternoon teas. The variety of home-crafted goods that were for sale were amazing. The only condition for having a stall was that you had to be local and I was surprised to find out how many talented people there are on my doorstep.

I bought a gorgeous owl cushion and a whimsical brooch (must share when/if I get my camera back), some very interesting air-drying play-dough and tried my first cake pop (yummy!). There were so many things I wanted to buy that Mr P and I had to do a 'walk' of the stalls first and then go back to buy the things that really appealed.

Then it was back home to watch the final Doctor Who (Saturday nights won't be the same for a while) and tolerate Eurovision. By then I was so exhausted that I slept through the final bit - probably a good thing as it wasn't that impressive this year. 

Now it is Sunday afternoon and I'm sat in the garden with a mug of tea and typing this, while Mr P plants some climbing hydrangeas that we bought at a garden centre last weekend and have only just found the time to put them in the beds. I feel guilty not to be helping but I'm poorly, after all! ;0)

It's been a very long week and no doubt this week will be another busy one. I'm looking forward to half term coming up but now that this week will involve making sure I have everything I need for planning for the final 5 weeks of my placement. 

Then it is all over. Just 7 weeks and 2 days to go - phew! How many sleeps is that?

(Sorry for the dullest blog post ever. It's full of dull details and so boring without any pictures but I just needed to write something in here this week!) x


  1. Not a dull post at all - I don't "tweet", so it is all news to me! Sorry to hear you are under the weather, I hope you are feeling better soon. Our school year is winding down here as well; 19 days, and Paul will be graduating High School (Kelly too!) I have about 5 catch-up posts to blog, but can't seem to find time to get to it. At least I got the wedding blogged! Take care, and enjoy your hydrangea and planning your camper trip. I will cross my fingers that your camera turns up, because I so love your photos!

    1. We just trying to book the first campsite for our holiday! We've found a really lovely one near an abbey ruin. I'm going to have to take lots of photos to share with you. Gervase Phinn country here I come! x

  2. Hope the lost camera has been located and the lost voice has returned. I love hydrangeas but the ones planted here are clearly not too happy.

    1. Our garden is being taken over by hydrangeas but I just love them. I'm hoping they'll thrive in our sun-starved courtyard garden! x

  3. I didn't find this boring at all, though I do like photos so I hope you find your camera soon! We were due an ofsted this year but they called after Christmas to say that as we got a good result last time, they weren't going to come again until this time next year - that gets me off the hook, hopefully I can dodge them in the my training year and NQT year too!

    I can't believe the summer hols will be upon us so soon. I'm really sad about leaving, as you know, so for the first time ever, I don't want July to come!

    Thanks for your comment. It's not hard to be out exploring every weekend living where I do, I can go out for half an hour and come back with lovely photos like those in my post and as I'm having a bit of a breakdown over working in stoke, I keep driving round home after school and taking photos every day!

    Hope you're feeling better by half term :)

    1. Fingers crossed you can avoid Ofsted while you're a student but I have to say it was a useful experience. It's given me a good understanding of what systems to get in place as soon as I start my NQT post and how to plan displays so that they can be changed/adapted as the year goes on and not only celebrate children's work but support learning.

      My friend works at a school in Stoke - I think it's near Newcastle-Under-Lyme as that's where she lives. Maybe you'll bump into each other!

      It will be unusual for you to work somewhere different but I'm sure you'll soon get used to it before too long. I hate changing jobs and have always left in tears even when I've not really enjoyed the job much. I'm going to be driving to my new school in September. It'll be the first time I've ever been a driving commuter as I've always got the Tube or walked in the past. It'll be a new adventure to have my cosy car to zip around in each day! x

  4. The mislaid camera has been found! It was on top of the cupboard where I must have plonked it down on Friday afternoon when I was feeling so exhausted. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I walked through the door this morning!

    Thanks for your concern!
    And it's a half term-bank holiday weekend coming up so I should be taking lots of pics at the weekend! x

  5. Phew = pleased to see you found your camera! Now I want to see pics of the cushion and brooch! ;)

    Sounds like a heck of a week but I do think you've been lucky in a way to experience the big O while still a student - you get to see how it works without the pressure of you being the actual teacher. Hope you're feeling better now! xx

  6. Augh, just realised I've often heard The Big O used euphemistically in women's mags! I did of course mean Ofsted, not the other!!!

  7. This is a really good post!! I liked the insight into your ofsted visit and what it's like for the teachers. My daughter's school is due an Ofsted visit this term - everyone is on high alert!

    I hope you find your camera and that your voice recovers. x