During the week interviews were held at school to find someone to replace me. Out of the seven original applications received, only two were called for interview, and one of those was an internal candidate. The internal candidate was given the job.
On Thursday I and the new Headteacher interviewed seven candidates for a Year 2 vacancy. Because the Deputy Headship was an internal appointment, it meant that we now had two vacancies to fill instead of one. Unfortunately, all the candidates were NQTs and key stage 1 trained and one of the posts we were hoping to fill was in Year 4 (key stage 2). We did eventually appoint two candidates, of which one of them was an ex-pupil thus making me feel really quite ancient! They both interviewed well and should be outstanding teachers.
During the week, Sarah had work experience at a Nursery, and she absolutely loved it. They must have worked her hard as each day she came home very tired. Her report at the end of the week was excellent. I think we now will be looking for a job for her over the summer to earn some pocket money!!! She recently informed us that she is planning to make a wedding cake as part of her schoolwork, I suppose as usual I will have to pay for the ingredients but won’t get a sniff of even a crumb when baked.
On Friday it was Sarah’s 15th birthday. Charlotte, Suraj and Lucas joined us to celebrate, we took the whole family to the ‘Shoulder of Mutton’ for a lovely birthday meal, and for once, cheeky Lucas behaved himself impeccably. The following day, despite her dad, disapproving, she had her ears pierced. Afterwards, she joined with Charlotte and Suraj in Rockingham on an all-terrain vehicle day. They had a great time driving up and down impossible slopes etc. Afterwards, back at Willow Bank, we had a BBQ and Jamie brought Harriet. Sue and I managed at long last to have a long chat with Harriet and she seemed very sensible, though she rashly accepted a challenge to play Sarah and me a game of tennis with Jamie when she has finished her exams.
During the week, I helped Jamie change his brake light bulb as he told me that he had earlier been stopped by the police. It seems that being stopped by the police is a regular occurrence for him, he was once stopped three times in one day. In thirty-three years of driving, I haven’t been stopped once.
On the last day of the week, it rained incessantly, so I spent the day converting my CD collection to mp3. A VERY boring task.