"We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome."
- Attributed to Isabel Allende
It is currently the start of week ten, the last week of the school term for NSW schools and the beginning of the downhill run to a two week break from the trials and triumphs of the classroom. There is something about term three. I personally found over the last few years in the classroom that term three felt like the accelerator had been jammed wide open and all you could do was to try and hang on.
I asked a teacher last week how she felt about this, the breakneck pace that pervaded the term, and she indicated that she had been teaching for about twenty years and that term three used to be the quiet term. There used to be very few events that would occur in term three other than the trial HSC exams but that over the last ten years, this empty nature of the term had resulted in everything being dumped into term three leaving it, in many ways, far busier than the rest of the year.
This year, that feeling of just hang on has been compounded by an unusually severe flu season. I have had a number of schools postpone scheduled visits because the person I was meeting with was off sick, I myself have had some days off sick (and those who know will know how rare that is), Youngling picked up bronchiolitis and was sick for a while, and teacher-friends have told me how they've had incredible numbers of absences, beyond anything they've seen in the past.
So take this impending break to rest, recuperate, and be ready for the final term. Get your health sorted and catch up on your sleep. See you next term.
“I’m a minimalist. I don’t really need much to enjoy a good holiday – just my family and the bare essentials.”
– Attributed to Jean Reno
Today is the last day of term for me, and what a term it has been. We have had Education Week Open Day, Book Week Character Parade, the 2016 Kindergarten Transition process has started, Peer Support Training for Year Six and Peer Support Groups on Thursday afternoons, various sporting teams have competed in their respective knock out competitions, the Zone Athletics Carnival (from which we have had a few students progress to represent the Zone at the State Athletics Carnival), the Lip Sync Battle….it has been an incredibly busy term.
I had planned to sit and reflect on this term via this article, but I need more time to process the events, look back through my day book, re-read the articles I have published this term, and reset mentally. With that in mind, I plan, currently, to publish something during the latter half of next week. Mrs C21 and I are going away with some friends for the weekend and I will be without any internet access for the majority of the time, which will be a fantastic break. I plan to take some time to unwind, and relax until I return home and get back into planning mode.
I am hoping to catch up with my friends from university during the break, as well as catchup with the Central Coast members of my PLN. I am visiting the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL) to explore what their open learning spaces look like and to find out more about how they function in preparation for the move to those spaces when our school rebuild is completed, and to plan for next term. A teacher’s life is certainly not nine to three! I will be taking some time out to spend on myself and plan to get stuck into pre-season training as well, ready for refereeing again next season.
Until I am back online, have a safe and happy holidays.