|Last view with morning coffee of Hawkes Bay|
Most of the holiday is over now, and I'll be starting back at Nuova Lazio High School next week.
The kids don't really arrive until the 30th, but we've all got a lot of work to do before then.
Richard[of RBB] will be cleaning out his department's music rooms. Smashing every ukulele he can find, polishing his frets, fretting about his polishes, restringing his instruments (We've heard he's got a new leather G-string he wants to try out)
|Just for Richard [of RBB]|
Dancing Bear will be full of enthusiasm and new ideas, but will probably try and do too much again.
Runner will be holding the whole lot together and practicing her "nasty teacher" look for all those staff who didn't complete her required Post Professional Learning Feedback Form and Unfinished Homework"
Ringo will be doing what he wants as usual, and good luck to him, because if he thinks I'm going to help him set up the reports he's got another think coming (And if the Universe is the least bit reasonable) an aneurysm as well.
Ex-Clive probably won't be there, although I'm already looking for reliever for day 1.
Mind you, if we get more unseasonal snow as happened in Queenstown, he might be off skiing again. I really don't know what he finds attractive about skiing.
Our new teachers will be arriving, full of enthusiasm and bright new ideas.
I look on it as my duty, as an elder statesman (grumpy old cynical bastard) to make sure these new entrants to our profession learn the basic survival skills.
- Learn the kids' names.
- Don't let a kid get between you and your escape route.
- Always keep a large metal object close to hand (A cosh doesn't quite cut it these days)
- Get your work planned out at least 30 minutes in advance. Preparation is all.
- Buy a flak jacket and wear it.
- NEVER trust Ringo.
- No matter how bad the day, remember:
- Tomorrow could/may/probably/will be worse
- Never start drinking BEFORE the end of school
- NEVER go off sick.
- Start planning your retirement NOW.