...but things are a bit frantic!
My Mum has Shingles.. My Dad also has such a severe chest infection that they have given him 15 days of medication BEFORE they are prepared to x-ray his chest.. They are staying away from Mark because my dearly beloved has never had Chicken Pox. I'm doing everything I can to help - while still keeping my distance from Mum's spots.
In the meanwhile Mark has also gone 'shed construction' crazy and it's largely my fault. He put up the new one quickly and easily last weekend. I then suggested (in the great spirit of living frugally) that he should up-cycle and reconfigure the good wood from the old shed in a 'lean to' one the north side of the house. This was a fairly narrow alleyway only used by the neighbourhood cats. Now it's a 16 feet long shed for Mark's scaffolding and the enormous stash of car parts that he seems to have collected (big stuff like full sets of wheels, gear boxes and engines!) He's really happy.... but I've got a bit fed up with all the banging and crashing!!!
School has settled down into the usual routines.
I've got a concert tomorrow night and one next week as well.
Year 7 reports and attainment grades for all year groups are due by the 29th.
I'm also scaling the usual small mountain of marking.
Today I took my baby harp into school so that I could share 'Professional Practice Strategies' with my Year 10 pupils. It's the first time that I've ever taught this part of the curriculum in this way. The pupils assured me that it worked well - because they could look at the strategies objectively when they were observing an instrument that they'd never seen up close before. I'm glad they found it helpful...
I've also spent some time with a Head of Music Department colleague from another South Birmingham school. He is currently struggling a little with the Verification process for the Level 2 Btec. He 'borrowed' a load of my teaching resources earlier in the year... and I was delighted to hear that they had resulted in some really good grades for his pupils. As a result I have decided to approach Pearson, who publish all the teaching resources for Btec, and see if they are interested in my work (a little bit of extra income for next year!)
Last week (on Tuesday) we also celebrated my older niece's 18th Birthday.
Next weekend we are going to a 'Ball' in the new function room at the Worcester Cricket Club.
I just hope that I can stay awake!!!!!!!!