So another week has zipped by faster than I want it to. I certainly think that there needs to be more hours in the day to fit everything in!
I’m looking forward to going back to school, I like my job, I like the people I work with, I like the children (even those who sometimes drive me to distraction and those whose challenging behaviour can exhaust me). I wonder how everyone else feels?
Hopefully for the majority of children it will be with a bit of a sigh that they’ve had a good holiday but school is OK, they know that there will be exciting things to do and things to learn, time to see friends that they may not have seen all week. For a few they will be dreading going back, those who find the learning tricky, those for whom, despite our best efforts, playtime is a nightmare; hopefully we can help these children. For some they will be dreading going back because when they are at home they feel that mum or baby sister is safe; this is harder for us, we often only find out this information by accident, we see a child who is struggling with learning but this is a by-product from their environment. Some will be delighted to return, the routine of school, the familiarity even the learning.
How will the staff feel? I’m guessing that the majority will wish they had a few more days where the alarm didn’t go off at silly o’clock, lunch could be leisurely and enjoyed at any time between 12 and 3 and toilet breaks could be taken when they wanted rather than in breaks between lessons. I’m also guessing that the majority will be happy to go back, teach the lessons that they’ve planned and catch up with the children with whom they have built up relationships over the last half of the year.
We’re on the downwards slope towards the summer now, days getting longer, hopefully the temperature will soon start to increase and thoughts will turn to transition. Preparing ourselves and the children for the next step. We’ve got big changes planned within school, this will always lead to a bit of unease and anxiety for everyone but we will cope with this as we cope with everything else, one step at a time.
Here’s to a good second half of the year. We must take time to enjoy as, before long, it’ll be Christmas again!