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The last post. PONG!

So, in all honesty for the last three weeks I have completely forgotten to write anything. Things have been full on. In the first two days at my new school my timetable changed three times and I moved rooms twice. I also found out that I would be teaching Geography … (I don’t even have a GCSE in Geography).

In the second week the police were called to my room to search the girls who had stolen my presenter clicker and the powerpoint remote.

I had some pretty bad classes and bad days. That being said, everyone has told me that this is the worst possible time to come into the school. Three weeks to the end. The kids are tired the staff are tired, I’m tired. Everyone just wants the summer holidays. The kids have had three or four or five members of staff this term so any consistency of behaviour is out the window. I’m getting used to new policies and procedures and a new school and new staff.

Everyone has told me that things will be much better in September when I have my own room. Everyone is rested and we’re all pulling together. The kids will know that I am their teacher. They will be my own books. I really hope things will be much different.

Anyway, I’m all finished for summer now. I’ve made it through. The last Friday I was off work as I graduated. I graduated in the morning and went and got our two new kittens in the afternoon! They’re gorgeous and called Myst and Riven.

My summer currently looks like socialising the kittens and stopping them tearing the house down (really they’re very good and already litter trained which is a bonus) and planning and preparing for next year.

I finally have my timetable (given to me on my last day of term) and it’s looking like I have two year 8 classes and two year 9 classes, full time and a year 10 class and a year 11 class, once a week. Plus I have 3 classes of drama once a week which I’m really pleased about. It’ll keep my hand in and I’ll get to experience other departments.

Our veg is also coming on really well. We grew a massive courgette which was a surprise as I thought they’d all died! I’ve already planned for next year and bought seeds so I’m excited to start afresh.

Surprise Courgette

I don’t think there’s anything left to report except perhaps that I’ve decided that this will be my last post. I’ve completed my PGCE journey which is what I set out to do and now I’m a professional, so I don’t think it’s right to blog about my experiences anymore. No doubt I will still be writing about it, just not in the public sphere. Thank you so much to those of you who’ve gone on this journey with me. To my friends and family who’ve supported me through this time which has undoubtedly been the most difficult yet and for those of you reading who’re thinking of going into teaching, I would say this to you. You must want it. You must have determination and resilience. There’s a reason that the drop out rate is so high – it’s really hard, but then you know that. What I will say is that none of it seems to matter when a kid knocks on your door to ask for your help with a word game he’s stuck on or the feeling you get when in your goodbye card they write ‘Adventure is out there!’ because you’ve taught them a topic on ‘Action Adventure’ or in creative writing when I kid beams at you to tell you he’s discovered a new word – ‘PONG!’ … and with that so ends this blog.

For the last time,

TTFN X

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Apologies once more.

I’ve been a bad blogger but sometimes that’s the sacrifice I make for being a good teacher.

Since I no longer have to do ‘formal’ lesson plans I’ve had so much more time. I’ve practically got my weekends back but it has meant working quite late during the week. I’ve also been spending a lot of time on my assignment which I finally finished on Friday (just before I got an email saying the deadline had been extended by a fortnight) *facepalm* never mind at least it’s practically done now.

I’ve also been preparing for teaching my new schemes of work after half term and for my external examiner observation next Thursday. I now know what I’m going to do I just have that one final lesson to plan and that’s it for this week.

Perhaps I can finally catch up on some of the other admin I have to do like reading, emails, gardening, ironing, campus pack, PSHE work and forms for my new job – that’s all for during half term though and next week will be all about getting me to the point where I can do that effectively over the half term.

My brother is here this weekend which has been a nice surprise and since we got the garden furniture we’ve had another visitor …

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We think (hope) he’s a stray.

In other news the garden is coming on well and I’ve had lots of homegrown radishes in my saladsIMG_20170512_163351_776

I don’t think there’s much else to inform you of. I hope I can get back into the swing of blogging next week.

TTFN x

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In Other News.

It’s half term and I’ve decided that I want to update my blog. Rather than just being about my journey into teaching, I want it to reflect the exciting changes that are taking place in other areas of my life and that, at the moment, is moving in with Greg.

Greg got the keys to his house in August(?) of last year but it took him a while to move in. Seeing as he was living with his parents he took the opportunity to get things mostly decorated, the electrics done and any hard work finished before he moved in.

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The Kitchen

The Kitchen/Dining Room. 

This was pretty much done when we moved in, all we did was freshen up the paint by painting it neutral instead of YELLOW and paint a red feature wall in the dining room.

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Greg insisted on putting up a TV

I do have a confession about the colour red for the dining room though … It was all to match my Coffee Maker, which I had picked out before Greg had even asked me to move in with him. Since then Greg has taken it upon himself to buy all the kitchen equipment in this colour, right down to the Red Microwave that we had to buy unexpectedly because the one that came with the house was broken.

The Living Room 

Here we refreshed the paint with a neutral colour again and picked out a wallpaper. I thought that Greg and I would fall out over wallpaper but actually it was pretty easy.

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The Living Room

The mirror we bought recently from Dunelm Mill and managed to get even cheaper than stated here, it was either in the sale or marked up wrong either way – Bargain! I wanted something that would match the wallpaper without being GOLD and gaudy.

We got the rug from B&Q and is honestly the softest comfiest rug I’ve ever felt and goes beautifully with this throw which I am currently wrapped snugly in and have taken to calling ‘the shoosh blanket’ as it’s so wonderfully soft and warm. We’re also planning to get the lamps from B&Q soon and the ceiling light I persuaded Greg about I’m in love with!

All that’s missing now is a vase for the window sill.

I love sitting in here with Greg on a weekend, wrapped in the ‘shoosh blanket’ with the fire on. Sometimes I put it on without the heat just to give a nice atmosphere. Makes me feel very much at home and I hate leaving.

The Bedroom

I am IN LOVE with our bedroom wallpaper from Graham Brown. It was quite expensive but every time I go in it makes me feel so peaceful and happy. When I pointed it out to Greg I knew I loved it but didn’t expect him to agree with me, he was surprisingly quite picky, but when he did agree with me I was over the moon!

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We painted the rest of the walls a neutral warm stone colour (the wallpaper was a nightmare to match) and then got all his furniture in. All that remained was a few touches from me such as the light shade and the insistence that the bed is made and the curtains drawn back and hung nicely when we get up. I’m pretty sure that that doesn’t happen when I’m not there but it will when I move in!

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House Warming

Greg’s mum was really helpful too, she gave us curtains for both the living room and the bedroom and a load of bedding that no longer matched their bedroom but was perfect for ours.

These tea lights were a gift from Greg’s Aunt and Uncle and they match perfectly. We have two in the bedroom and two in the living room for cosy nights in with the fire going.

Greg’s Study

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Greg’s Study

This is the latest room we’ve managed to complete. Greg just wanted a plain room where he can put up all is gaming paraphernalia, posters, maps etc, play his PC games and generally get away from me if he needs to and do his own thing. I was really pleased with the storage units he went for from B&Q’s Konnect range and they’ve worked out really well.

And that leaves two ‘rooms’ that need to be done. The spare bedroom, which is also going to double as my study and the hallway. My room is currently underway. In fact just today I painted some swatches on the wall and have started whittling them down to be vetoed by Greg when he comes home. Once it’s all painted we’ll get the sofa bed we were looking at and get all the furniture in before we paint the hallway and find a telephone table.

We’ve still got all the doors to paint and most of the rooms need pictures putting up to make things a bit more homely, our bedroom bedside tables are arriving tomorrow, plus we need a couple of lightshades upstairs and then it’s all done!

*Phew* It’s so exciting and we have lots of plans. Greg’s main preoccupation at the moment is potentially getting a conservatory put on the back of the house which I have been talked into (he played dirty and got my mum on his side!) and this summer, in the time between getting settled here and me starting uni, we would like to get a cat. Lots of things in the pipeline which is why I guess I wanted to share it with you all. So many changes this year and lots to tell. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted as we progress.

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