Saturday, 15 June 2013

Of Star Wars and Culture

We decided our children had not really been adequately schooled in their cultural history just recently.  It kind of coincided with my youngest brother purchasing the complete set of Star Wars DVD's.  My poor deprived children had never seen the movies.  We're rectifying this, slowly but surely.  Tonight is installment III of my children's Star Wars education.  We are watching them in the order they were made.  Us oldies just can't fathom starting with the second three that were made.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

The End of the World...errr...Term

We had a long weekend here in Victoria this past weekend.  I realised how weary we've all become when a single extra day to the weekend had us all beginning Tuesday with "I don't want to go back to school".  We love our school.  We love being there.  But we are all so ready for a break!  On our staffroom whiteboard the anticipated end of term is hailed with big letters in the square for that day.  And we affectionately call it the "end of the world".

Before then, however, Miss Mischief has exams today and tomorrow and Miss Sunshine and I have exams next week.  All week for her, just two for me.  Two is enough!  I will be doing my exams at Our School with the Year 11's and indeed Miss Sunshine will be doing exams at the same time as both of mine.  She's oh so thrilled.  I think it's fun to tease her about, because she gives me such a good reaction.  In reality, I think she will feel a little comforted, but would never admit such a thing.  My Deputy Principal tells me my exams have arrived.  Now I just wait for the day to arrive too.

And in the midst of all of that I'm doing an extra day at work to spend the day on curriculum documentation.  Despite how that sounds I'm very excited.  It's the teacher-geeky part of me that comes out.  I really enjoy unit and lesson planning.  Lots of teachers find the documentation part of curriculum tedious, but I love the brainstorming about how we want to convey God to our students through the integrated studies topics we cover.  Fortunately this will contribute to some of my exam preparation since it covers all  the humanities subjects I need to delve into. 

Who knows, after next Friday I might just have time to .... well ... clean.  And bake.  My family won't know who I am if I start doing that!!!!!

Saturday, 1 June 2013

So much in Such a Short Time aka A Mother's Job is Never Done

So much has happened in the last couple of weeks.  I've finished my teaching rounds for the year.  I had such a ball.  The kids were gorgeous, the teacher I worked with was wonderful to learn from, the school was amazing.  And now I have to go back to reality.....which means not teaching.  Just helping.  Always an adjustment.

It would be a terribly boring list of things to recount all that has been accomplished and dealt with.  Suffice it to say some of it has been pretty difficult and Satan has again reminded me of the fact that I am doing what I need to do in the most challenging of ways.  You know, 'cause it wasn't already a challenge to organise transport and afternoon routines for the kids who have been without supervision after school for four weeks.  You know things are slipping when you think rum and raisin chocolate is a necessity at the end of the day.  Every.  Single.  Day.

Then I read posts from Frances and Jen Hatmaker about the end of the school year.  And I laughed and laughed about all the things mothers just can't do at the end of the year.  Oh my goodness you gals are singing my song and I'm not even half way through the school year here!  My son is getting jam sandwiches (because that's all  he'll eat right now) and has to do his own baking so he doesn't have to eat crackers for morning tea.  The kids all have to put their own notices on the hook on the notice board so I have some hope of knowing what is going on.  Seriously.  How are we going to make it to the end of the year?  I do not know.  I need a day off.  Roll on next Friday!