At last! The winter holidays are here!

What a term it’s been!

I began it with a ‘to do’ list that I wanted to have completed by the time we went back in term 3 in July. As it happened, we were sent back to school 3 weeks before term 2 finished, which to be honest was a bit of a blow to me, but I’ve decided to keep chipping away at the jobs on the list.

I have a good two weeks to get them done.

At the moment I’m sitting in front of my year 7s as they’re working away on a wide reading project that’s due next term.

I told them that this will be a lesson in Present (students’ names) looking after Future (students’ names.) If they can knock over this project now, then they’ll save themselves homework next term. They like that idea, so they’re all hard at work – and this is my naughty class!

I saw these coronavirus travel memes and liked them, even though I wasn’t actually planning on travelling this year. For me, 2020 is the year of retirement-proofing my house so that Future Frogdancer will be able to totter around her perfect house.

See? I don’t ask my students to do anything I won’t do.

If Poppy and Jeff could travel!

Poppy, Jeff and Scout are going to have the shock of restrictions being lifted eased a little. Ryan25 has been home from RMIT for months, but as of next week he’ll be back – just as I go on school holidays, so they’ll still have human company.

When I go back in term 3 – well. That’ll be a bit traumatising for them. They’ve adored lockdown.

I’m still the only teacher to be wearing a mask. My classes are used to it and they comment on the different ones I wear. I’ve made my own reusable ones from THIS VIDEO and so I’ve chosen some pretty fun material.

Ryan25 has asked me to make a few masks for him to wear as he goes in and out of the city on public transport. I’ll have to break out some manly fabric.

I’m looking forward to showing you the quilts I’ve finished. But that’ll be for another post, once the glorious holidays are here. Even though we can’t go anywhere, I’m still going to love these two weeks to come.

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5 Responses to At last! The winter holidays are here!

  1. Jamie says:

    I’m hoping you are not living or working in one of the Melbourne hotspots!

    The ski season started in our area this week. I’ve seen lots of new faces passing through town. Fingers crossed we can all stay well here, too.

    I’m back at uni mid-July. I’ve been trying to get cracking on a bit of my list, but I’ve been feeling low-grade sickness for about 3 months now and I’m tired of pushing through. I’m wondering if I caught something early on and stayed home so much that now I’m now on vitamin D and that’s why I feel so horrible and am catching every little thing (sinus infections, skin rashes, upset tummy – I’m usually pretty immune to all of these!) I’m going to try a walk this afternoon and see if some sunshine and fresh air perk me up.

  2. I’m not in a hotspot, thank goodness!
    Just as a precaution, I’ve asked my year 7s to take the novel we’re studying next term home with them, just in case.

  3. Andrew says:

    I love the photo of the dogs at the Pyramids. It is interesting to note how children have coped with home schooling. Some have done it well, but not all. While I know you will have an answer, as a teacher in front of class aren’t you already distanced from them?

    • LOL. No. Literally pushing my way through crowded corridors to get to classes, with 400+ year 7s all without masks who are shoulder-to-shoulder mens that schools are definitely NOT safe spaces, no matter what the politicians say!

  4. Urspo says:

    I liked the wine tour the most.

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