I'm just finishing the first week of a two week break, and I'm just starting to relax.
Then I got an email.
It was from a student.
He wanted to know if I'd finished marking his last assessment on relational databases. He'd handed it in on the very last moment, just before the final deadline, and he wanted to know the result.
I'M ON HOLIDAY!
No that's not quite right.
|What the f*ck do you mean that you're going on holiday NOW?|
Which part of the word/concept did he not understand?
Holidays are a time of relaxation, a contemplative re-assessment of the previous section of time in the hell we lovingly refer to as Stalag Luft III or otherwise as Nuova Lazio High School.
I don't want to be reminded of all of the unfinished tasks I've left, the piles of paperwork I'll have to complete before next term, the bloodstains I've got to hide before the cops arrive asking pointed questions about missing teachers, missing students and where the hell has the school mascot (a friendly black slug) got to?
|Cedric, the school mascot (we chose him because he's black and venomous, just like some of our kids)|
|What Novopay looks like, and probably how it operated|
I want to be able to ignore the alarm when it beeps commandingly at half-past-bloody 5 in the morning. I want to be able to roll over into the warmth and pheromone-laced goodness that is my Beloved before she wakes. I want to have an afternoon nap if I need to.
|This is what holidays should look like|
I WANT TO STAY ON HOLIDAY.
But, while the rest of the staff can happily, nay ecstatically, view the coming week as purely the second week of the break, I've got to return to the grind. As a member of the Management "Team" I'm expected to sacrifice the last week in preparation for the coming educational marathon that is Term Two.
I've got to think of exams, courses, Professional Learning, re-registration deadlines, appraisals, faculty reviews, NZQA deadlines and moderation and last, but definitely not least, teaching.
So the little scrote can wait.
I'm going back to sleep.
For our friends from the USA, here's a little link to an example of the Scottish accent.: