||Little traffic this morning so a clear journey
of 25 minutes. Parked my Nissan Primera Profile to the rear of the school.
I am the headteacher and have been since January 1984.
||Went into school and spoke to the teachers
and the cook to check on messages and to see that everyone is all right.
The teacher of Class 4 is out on a course today and another who job shares
in Class 1 is on supply for her. Strange to see her heading for the junior
end of the school.
||Photocopy some maths sheets ready for the
teacher who is doing some practice on his return to teaching course. He
is working on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this term. Strange to have someone
returning to teaching at 55 when many people are trying to retire early
from the profession.
||Opened the door to let the juniors in. They
commented on how much warmer it was inside. Organised readers for collective
worship and a song for the O.N.P. Fielded a couple of phone calls from parents.
One child will be late because of a dental appointment, one will be absent
due to illness. Opened the office.
||Chatted with the school secretary to discuss
any work for the morning.
||Rang the bell, electronic inside and hand
bell outside to start the day. The children file into the hall for collective
worship. It is my turn to take the service today. Our theme for the term
is the creation and today we are thinking about the land. I told an illustrated
story of how a clergyman used an ear of wheat and a lot of work to multiply
it over several years to make enough money to repair his church tower. We
said prayers thanking for our food and asking for help for those who have
little. We sang "Think of a world without any flowers".
||Checked on any children's birthdays
- none today. Reminders about extra-curricular activities. Today there is
a 'Webb Club' and an after school 'First Aid' club organised
by one of the teachers and a 'Chess Club' organised by yours truly
at lunchtime. Also 'Recorder Club' organised by the Deputy head
||Completed the register - all present today
(14 pupils) in Class 5. Completed the dinner register. Today we are serving
curry and rice which is always good. Eight children chose the main meal,
one chose a jacket potato and 5 brought their own food.
||Brief discussion with a teacher before he
takes a maths lesson on fractions. I observe the lesson and then help with
the marking as the children work through the prepared work sheets.
||Off to the staff room for tea and biscuits
- chocolate covered today. Signed some letters for parents, which have been
typed by the secretary.
||Rang the bell and saw the children of classes
4 and 5 into school. Settled down for a discussion lesson about censuses
and surveys and about the changes in living conditions in 1891. Discussion
about what we might record in a daily diary. The children participate with
accounts from their personal experience.
||The children make notes for their diaries.
||Three helpers go into the hall to help Class
1 with their meals.
||We say grace, pack up and go into lunch.
I spoke with the secretary about any important mail or telephone calls.
||Behaviour in the hall is very good, so I
head for the staffroom for my packed lunch and more tea. I make the tea
and wash up some mugs. Discussion in the staffroom about the coming survey
of pupil's ethnic origin. We move on to the problems which one experienced
by people from ethnic minorities.
||Phone call from a parent to enquire about
a child's health.
||Rang the bell to bring the children in.
Spoke with two boys who had been over vigorous in tackling each other at
football. Spoke to all the children in Classes 4 and 5 about what they should
do if they have a problem with another child.
||Undertook a reading session. Between us
we heard every child and marked their bookmarks.
||Science lesson on how to keep heart and
lungs healthy, ie diet, exercise, not smoking, non fat foods.
||History project work on change inn farming
methods in the early 18th Century - Jethro Tull, Viscount Townsend. Some
children use the library for research, and some use the computers to obtain
||Group quiz based on general knowledge.
||Prayers to end the day.
||Discuss with one of the teachers the activities
for the next day. I join the other teachers in the playground, supervising
the children as they leave. Many on the 4 school buses.
||Discuss with staff the day's activities.
No problems today.
||Put up some project work on my hall display
||Mark science books and run through activities
in tomorrow's timetable. Discussion with teacher about the pictures
which she is downloading and printing from the digital camera. They are
mainly of class 1 following their activities during the day and should make
a good display.
||Phone call to the Welsh Assembly to request
some information and forms to undertake the ethnic survey. They will ring
||Discussion with the groundsman about the
new playground markings which he is putting down.
||Lock the office and check that all electrical
equipment is switched off. Early finish this evening as I will probably
be here until 10pm tomorrow because of a governor's meeting. Brief
word with the cleaners, picked up some potatoes from the school garden and
drove home, posting letters at the garage on the way home.
||Arrived home. A lovely smell in the kitchen.
My wife has made coq au vin with baked potatoes. She showed me her new cord
jacket from Empire Stores catalogue. I laid the table for supper. My son
came home from work. I gave him his leather jacket which he had left in
Erwood during the weekend. It was dropped into school this morning.
||Supper. The news was on, mainly about the
problems in Iraq and the impending war which is likely to take place against
Saddam Hussein because of his weapons of mass destruction.
||After supper I change out of my school clothes
and washed up while Alison did the ironing. There was a 'Watchdog'
type programme on TV. I made a cup of tea and went into the lounge to watch
television. There was nothing of interest on so we watched a video of 'Ground
Force' with Alan Titchmarsh, Tommy Walsh and Charlie Dimmock and then
a programme called 'Two men in a trench' which was about the archaeology
of a battle which took place in Barnet near London. After that we watched
a detective story starring Trevor Eve called 'Waking the Dead'.
Feeling thirsty so we had a glass of cider - Blackthorn. I had a caramel
bar and my wife had a Thornton's Champagne Bar. We had 2 cats in with
us, both fast asleep. My wife did some sewing and I settled down to do some
writing for school.
||Started to clear up ready for bed. Put off
electrical appliances. Gave the cats some finely cut ham before letting
them out. Cleaned my teeth and washed. My wife showed me her newly mended
shoes. Soles and heels cost £11.30 but it was well worth it because
they are like new again. My son is still playing his guitar but it is not
disturbing us because he is using an ear piece. He shouted up to ask if
he should let the cat back in. Poppet settles down to sleep an the settee
for the night. It is quite cold out.