Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Auf Wiedersehen!

I've not been blogging much recently. I've also not been knitting much either. It's not that I don't want to, it's just that I don't have time to. Two days of teaching left for me this school year and on Saturday it's the school exchange to Germany.

It's definitely the best week of school for me and the timing is perfect. Kids can be daft at the end of the year and there is a real lull at school as everyone waits for the last bell next Friday. As great as the trip is, however, there's little denying that it is quite a major operation to organise. Tickets, transport, passports, medical cards, insurance, medication, risk assessment, emergency contacts, telephone trees, meetings with kids and parents, money, setting a week's cover work. I love it all once I'm there but it is a faff to sort out and I'm never sure the kids are grateful. Getting off the coach last year as we arrived back at school fewer than half the kids actually said thank you. It was soul destroying but I suppose they were excited to be home and they had so much to tell their parents.

So you won't be hearing from me for a while. I'm going to knit socks (what else?) while I'm away. We spend a lot of time on coaches in Germany and as the kids get restless it's a chance for me to try to convert the kids to knitting, though I've yet to be successful.

3 comments:

maramcp said...

Take care of yourself, safe travelling, and have a fabulous time. Will catch up when you get back.

jillm said...

Your commitmrnt to your role is commendable. I think you are a fabulous teacher. If you were in charge of a child of mine I wouldn't worry for a second. Make a little time for yourself if you can! Looking forward to hearing about the trip soon!

wheezy said...

I see the abscnt mindod tipist iz bak.....

But...... anyway, have a good trip. I think, where the kids are concerned, some are probably glad to get back to their parents and could be homesick. I remember my first trip abroad to Malta. I was working at the time, so not a child (ha) and I went with a couple of work colleagues. I was homesick and remembered that so this week, when my niece was due to come home from her first holiday abroad. She was homesick too. So, it might not be that they didn't appreciate all you did and didn't say thankyou, it might have been that the only thing on their mind was to get to their mummy. Be assured you must be doing a grand job, or you wouldn't be there. Be told.