Archive for Nov, 2007

A Walk in the Wyre forest

Posted in Uncategorized on Nov 26, 2007 by David Palmer
A pretty humdrum week of work, work, work for all of us. Sue put in another full week, Sarah busy at school, Jamie busy in the work shop and at College and I murdered a few more trees.
On Friday I and four other friends drove over to Highley in Shropshire, to have our annual walk. In the past we have done strenuous forays into the wilds of England, but we all agreed we are getting on now, and decided on something more sedate (see photos). I had booked a little cottage with the River Severn in the front garden and the Severn Valley Railway in the back garden, very picturesque. Next door was the Ship Inn (enough said). On Saturday we walked from the cottage down the river and through the forest to Bewdley (11 miles), got a taxi back to the cottage and had a kip for a couple of hours! The evening was spent watching a very good blues band at the pub. On Sunday we walked a further 6 miles up the river and back again, before driving home. A very enjoyable break, I even forgot about the Disability Scheme that I have to write before Dec 16th, it’s only a million pages long and obviously vital to the smooth running of the school.
Charlotte and Lucas had come down to stay on Friday night, Suraj is doing the floors again. She stayed until Monday morning, then went home. All I can say is that Sarah and Charlotte were experimenting with nail extensions, most of Sunday night (fascinating?)

Poor Lucas

Posted in Uncategorized on Nov 18, 2007 by David Palmer
Lucas was taken into hopspital this week with a urinary infection. He was put on a drip and kept in overnight, he must have been very poorly. Charlotte stayed with him, but didn’t get much sleep, as would be expected. Charlotte and Lucas were coming to stay for the week-end while Suraj ripped up floorboards again in readiness for Lucas’s birthday party in 2 weeks time. I thought you only blew balloons up for parties? Poor Lucas might have to be on anti-biotics for quite a while.
Sarah and I went  to watch Leicester Tigers beat Newcastle on Monday night, it was a good game, but rather chilly!!!! Sarah got another A star in her cooking again – we didn’t get a sniff of any food though at home! Sarah now has a cold!
On Tuesday I went with the school choir to the Royal Albert Hall as they were performing in the Schools’ Prom. It was absolutely brilliant.  Words can’t express how good the orchestras, bands, choirs, drummers were. We really do have some talent in this country. When 500 children sang ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and the balloons, confetti and fireworks went off ……… well what an experience. We didn’t arrive back at school until 1.30am.
Sue worked a full week again (now starting to moan about the late nights marking/planning).
Jamie has been seen with Lara again, so she must still be on the scene.
The Colts side  I coach, beat Hinckley in the cup on Saturday (1st time in 11 years). We now progress into the National Round so we may have to Travel down to Penzance or Carlisle etc. in the next bround. Quite exciting.

Hardly any blogg!

Posted in Uncategorized on Nov 11, 2007 by David Palmer
Not much to report on this week.
I did waste a lot of tax payers money attending a full day course to Certify as a Residential Leader (Lunch was good). I have a certificate from 5 years ago, but I was contacted by County Hall who informed me that the School had no certified person on the staff, my certificate was out of date and that if any class wished to leave the premises for any reason we would be illegal until someone was certificated. No one on the staff volunteered, I pointed out to County Hall that I was retiring at the end of the year and that the new head had the certificate and woul be arriving in January. County Hall said it made no difference someone had to go on a course. So ……….. I went on the course and was duly informed that there was now no time limit on certification and I was still valid!!!!!!!! However I did learn something, it is now legal for all those children going on a residential trip to pay for those that go on the trip, but, whose parents refuse to pay (which is an evre increasing number nowadays). I bet no school publicises that.
I did get some good news:
1. Having tried, badgered, insulted, threatened, co-erced various authorities to eventually agreeing with us that one of our children would be best educated ina special school. Much to the relief of everyone relief, particularly the parents and class teacher. Why does it take so many meetings, paperwork, phone calls and letters to get something done that is so painfully obvious. I wonder if this only happens in education?
2. After only one letter to a local charity, it  has agreed to send a mum and her son away on holiday over Christmas and buy the lad some Christmas presents. Why? because they deserve it and I explained that to them on one side of A4 paper.
My step brother David, sent me an email this week (made me quite jealous). He had been to Bulgaria recently and had bought himself a house (witrh swimming pool). It is in a beautiful part of Bulgaria (we went there once), in the mountains, in a village, very peaceful. He and Genya intend to sell their house in Lincolnshire and move out there, returning when they feel like it.
I went to Nan’s this week-end. We visited David and looked at photos of the house etc. I picked the rest of the onions I had planted last spring and weeded the garden. We had Sunday Lunch at the Thurcroft Hotel (Carvery & £4.95). The owner recognised me, and in true Yorkshire fashion had within 3 minutes weedled my whole life history over the last 30 years out of me. She was in my primary class all those years ago. I didn’t recognise her, but obviously I have changed very little since the age of 11.
Charlotte visited Nan on the Monday and they had lunch. She informs me that Suraj has had a pay rise.
Sue has worked all week, and has committed to work every day for the next two weeks. One school wants to tie her down to a contract, but sensibly she is saying no. She doesn’t need all the meetings, courses and paper work that goes with that.
Jamie hasn’t been seen with Lara recently and when he brought home his exam results from college which stated merits and a distinction I offered to take him and Lara out for a meal to celebrate, he said not to bother about Lara. I wonder who’s next to cross the doorstep?
I haven’t seen Sarah much this week, but she is still lovely (for a 14yr old). She reads these!

A Long Week

Posted in Uncategorized on Nov 4, 2007 by David Palmer
It;s been quite a long week. Refrees meeting in Leicester on Monday night, PTA meeting on Tuesday night, Governors meeting on Wednesday night, training the Colts on Thursday night and Rugby Club Fireworks dipslay on Friday night. On Saturday I agreed to referee Harborough versus Anstey. I was a little concerned that I would last the pace as I haven’t run at all since the summer holiday. It was ok in the end, as there were so many errors in play I was blowing the whistle regularly enough to recover in between plays. I would have struggled if the two sides had been better. We watched a video (Ghost Rider) on Saturday night and then I went to bed. Sue woke me up at 10.00am with a coffee, but I fell asleep again. In painted a window today and that is going to be it for the week-end.
Sue has worked all week. One of the staff at Church Langton was off with a bereavement so Sue covered. Then another school rang in late on the one day she was free, and she went in. One evening she even went on a fire extinguisher course. I made a very nice curry that night (if I say so myself), even Jamie remarked on how good it was. Sue was too tired on Friday to go to the fireworks with Sarah and I and she had an early night. 
Jamie is still with Lara. He went out on Saturday night to a night club in Northampton. He said he had a good time, but expensive! I don’t think he took Lara.
Sarah had a busy week. Sge had Mock GCSE’s at the beginning of the week. She has studied hard for them, and doesn’t seem worried, so I suppsoe that is a good sign. She mnade a curry at school and promised me that I could have some for tea on Friday night. But, she ate it all!!!!!!! She did get an ‘A’ for it and I would have liked to have gauged it against trhge curry I had made on the Thursday night. I wonder if that was an ‘A*’? I bet it was.
Charlotte is still trying to sort out wedding plans for next summer. I believe she is going to see  nan on Monday. Lucas is nearly walking, he only needs to hold one finger and he can totter a few steps. The nightmare will soon begin!