Happy Christmas to all of you who work in teaching and finished work today! Thank you to everyone who has been thinking of R. (the Year 8 lad) over the past few days. We have been told that he is in a stable condition in hospital, but he is still on a ventilator so he's very ill. Hopefully the Head will contact us via e-mail if there is any further news over the holidays.
Today's been a strange sort of day.... My lovely music colleague (who is currently on Maternity Leave with baby No 2) came in for a 'keeping in touch' day. I text her all the time so she knows all the reasons why I'm leaving. Nevertheless, pretty much the first thing she said was "Are you seriously going.." then promptly burst into tears on me. Hmm - I blame sleep deprivation for that one!
Anyway -later in the day - the Head informally offered her my job role for the Autumn if she wants it. We both felt that this was a huge compliment, but she's really unsure about whether she should accept the offer. She's in quite a difficult situation at the moment. I think she expected to be the one leaving me, rather than the other way round. She joined me as a newly qualified teacher 7 years ago and we have developed an immensely close working relationship over these past few years. She's not sure if she wants to run the department...but she knows that she doesn't want to work for anyone else. I advised to mull it over through Christmas. It's a big commitment when she also has two little boys under 3 and currently works part-time.
On another subject entirely - my harp has had to go to London for some more significant maintenance and won't be home until the New Year. I think it's going to be worth the wait. I'm just going to have to content myself with some serious piano practice over the Christmas holidays instead!
Holidays!!!!!!!!!!! Woop woop!!!