No new car

After finding what appeared to be the perfect car yesterday, Adrian and I came home to discuss finances, and look into the specifics of a loan.  It all got too hard, and too expensive, so we have decided to look into leasing a car – the monthly price is less than repayments for a loan, plus it includes maintenance, services and tyres.  A little disappointing to not be buying a car, but will mean we have more money spare each month to use for other things like eating out, travelling etc

What we did have success with was the butcher.  We found the butcher Michael recommended and bought some mince, which we then used to make spaghetti bolognese for dinner – it was absolutely scrumptios!!  Yaaay good mince at last ๐Ÿ™‚

After dinner we went to the evening service at church, which was a confirmation service for about 12 or so people, which meant that the place was packed with family and friends.  It was a nice service though, so I'm glad we still went.  It didn't finish till late, and we figured we wouldn't really get to know people well, so we headed home straight away.

Today at school I had 1 lesson, 2 covers and 2 spares.  One of the covers was great coz I was covering for an English teacher.  We watched a Yr 12 drama performance, and then went to the classroom to write a review on it.  The performance was 4 girls having a trial run before they perform in front of the examiners tomorrow, and was simply amazing.  It's too hard to explain on here, but was well worth losing a spare for.  I am quite organised with my planning, and will definitely be able to have the whole weekend school work free ๐Ÿ™‚  Next week the year 12s and 13s finish (or 'stand down' as they call it) and the week after that the Yr 11s finish – so I will just have Yr 10s, and probably a lot of covers.

I am finding some aspects of teaching difficult – coming in after Mark is tricky, as I'm not entirely sure what he tought them, which makes revision difficult, plus he seemed to be more worried about them liking him, rather than teaching them properly.  Anyway I am doing my best, talking to the students about how they would like to approach the unit, and so far I think I'm doing pretty well.  This is where it really helps that the staff are so friendly and supportive – Hilary and I both had shockers last lesson Friday, so her, Maggie and I had a friendly 'debrief' where we ranted and raved about the 'youth of today' lol

On a lighter note, I had some funny conversations with students, trying to work out what eachother was talking about.  The main thing that came up was a conversation where I used the word 'bludging' to describe the actions of a student.  They had no idea what I meant, and after lots of back and forth, with us both using slang, I have discovered the equivalent to bludging is bunking.

The rest of the week is shaping up to be a good one, although we are having a slight cold snap again – no more sunny days, back to typical England weather – raining and miserable.  Lots of love to all xoxo

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