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Now that was a week from hell. What a looooong week, especially for the first one back after a two-week break. On Monday we faced a terminal diagnosis for the mother of one of my students. That's going to be hard in the next few months. That'll take some caring. I'm glad we are a religious and caring school when it comes to things like that. It's all part of what we do.
However I almost feel that I am really ready for a new job. I find the annual cycle in school gets boring and I want new ideas, new challenges, new faces. Even though I know I am a good teacher, I don't want to do it at the moment. But the money's good... and it's not far from home... I dunno.

As the final weeks with our senior students start to diminish (one down, four to go), I am starting to think about writing again. I can hardly wait. My friend told me today that he is organising parts of a gay sports meet here in Wellington next year and he suggested I be a recorder at the swimming meet. That's where Keddy met David in my story Identity Crisis, and my friend knows it because I pretty much wrote the story for him and his partner after the Copenhagen Swim Meet. He suggested it'd give me some more writing material. I am so tempted...

Christy finished her first year at University today. It's quite an achievement for her so we had her favourite wine of the moment with our dinner, a pink muscato. Very nice and a nice way to end the week. I think there is soccer tomorrow (Asher made it into an under-19 rep squad yesterday, which isn't bad for a 15 year old - he is very happy!) and then maybe I can have a rest for an hour or two at some stage in the day. I dream of being idle.

I was teaching the little children in our parish about Passover and how it ties into Eucharist last Tuesday evening, and the same topic came up in class with my Year 13 students yesterday. Okay, I said, I'll tell you the whole link to that in three minutes flat, listen carefully. I told them the story of Passover and how the angel of death 'passed over' the homes of the Israelites, and a bunch of students were saying, 'oh, wow, I never got that before' and so on! It was a moment of revelation for them, God help me.
Then one student says, 'Hang on, hang on, what did you say?'
I stared at her, 'Where were you?' (she was, after all, sitting right in front of me).
'Oh, sorry, Miss, I forgot to listen...'

Yeah, get me out of here.


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Oct. 15th, 2010 10:40 am (UTC)
'Oh, sorry, Miss, I forgot to listen...'

*still giggling*

The swimming pool thing sounds interesting and would be really 'different' for you.

Congratulations to Christy and Asher (and to Finn for his handling of the drug/friendship thing).

As for jobs - if you feel that way at the beginning of term you will feel it multiplied by the end. And in some ways it isn't fair to the job. I feel you really need something more flexible - either part time or irregular 'freelance' work such as supply or lecturing or tutoring. Tutoring might be a good way to go along with a part time job until you could assess the amount of work available.

Oct. 15th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
Your present job seems to be taking away your own personal "life quality " however much money it brings,if you have no life of you own I would say a change is needed. You have to look after YOU as well.

I sent you an email last week...did you see it ?
Oct. 16th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
If you're feeling jaded with your job it might be a good time to look for new challenges and I'm sure there would be lots of opportunities out there for someone with your qualifications and experience. Doing the swim meet sounds really interesting and would be fun too. It's certainly worth considering if you can manage it.

You're unlistening student sounds fairly typical of a teenager!At least she admitted it*g*

And congratulations to Christy and Asher, well done both of them:)
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