Sunday, 1 September 2013

Working it out...

Hello, hello!

New laptop, check :)

Few minutes spare to blog, check :)

Plenty to say, check to the power 50 million!! :)

So, here we go, into September already (how did THAT happen?!!) Another Learn Something New Every Day has begun, and we are well and truly preparing to head back to school. The Boy gets until Thursday before he goes back, The Tomboy starts her brand new school on Wednesday, and me? I get to go tomorrow. Something seems a little unfair here!

I promised to tell you a bit about my new job. Well, as I've explained on here, I decided last year to make a change from being a part-time teacher to a full-time teaching assistant (TA). I did the training course, gained loads of voluntary experience, and absolutely loved it! The time came for me to hand in my notice so I could leave my teaching job at the end of the academic year (*sob!*) I knew the school where I'd been working wasn't in a position to offer me a full-time TA post, and I really needed a full-time job. I was so gutted to be leaving that lovely school though!

To cut a long story short, I've been extremely fortunate, and I'm very excited about how my new job has worked out :) You see, I shall be working for half the week at my old school, and for the other half at another local school! Each school could only offer me 50% of a timetable but between them I can do a full-time job, and they're very close to each other and to where I live so getting to them will be straightforward even on the day that I'll spend the morning in one and the afternoon in the other :) The exact details of my role and timetable is to be finalised this coming week, but it will involve maths support, ICT (including maintaining each school's website and Twitter) and various other duties. Basically, all things I've been doing recently in my teaching role; all things I know I can do really well!

I am a little nervous, to be honest; partly about the change from teacher to TA, which will be an adjustment for me, but mainly about going into a new school, working with new colleagues, getting used to new routines, getting to know new children - everything you'd expect about starting a new job! But oh, I'm excited to use my skills and experience in this way, and I shall learn so much from my new role :) Which will be handy for this year's LSNED project, of course!! ;)

As I settle into these new routines and help The Children to settle into theirs, too, I shall be figuring out the whole blogging thing. I feel refreshed and ready and keen to get back into it properly, but I need to plan my time!! But I still have plenty to tell you about - for example, our recent holiday! Want a few photographic clues to where we went? ;)




 


Any guesses? ;) Details will follow soon... x

18 comments:

debs14 said...

Yay! You're properly back!
I recognise some of those landmarks from Sian's blog. Looks like an amazing trip.
Good luck with the new job(s)

Ruth said...

Hello!! Congratulations on the new jobs, well done!
It looks as though you had a holiday that was very similar to that of Sian. They do say it's a small world, don't they?!

Kirsty.A said...

Good luck in your new role. It sounds ideal - and no marking at home!!

Gail said...

Welcome back and congratulations on the new job. Good luck with it. Ahhh, those places bring back lots of wonderful memories from a few years ago.

Cheri said...

Congrats on the new job(s)! Your trip looks fun but I have no idea where it is! GUess I wasn't paying attention when Sian blogged it.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Glad to see you back and to hear that you get to keep working in your old school as well as expanding your job to another one.!

Abi said...

Hooray! So excited to see you back Mel. Congratulations on your jobs. That worked perfectly. From being in a school I know that TA's are worth their weight in gold and you will be fantastic!

Alison said...

Congrats on the new jobs....I'm sure that before you know it, you'll feel as at home in the new school as you do in the old one!
Alison xx

dogmatix said...

Welcome back. U have been missed :-). Hope ur first day went well x

helena said...

lovely to have you back. Looks like you were on the cruise with Sian's family - Scandinavia and Baltic

JulieJ said...

Welcome back. I've not been around much myself either. Hope you're enjoying the new jobs. Now those pictoral clues are a bit of synch - I'm planning a similar trip next year for my 50th birthday, so I'll be interested to hear what you have to say and may be asking for tips on what's worth seeing when in port.

Karen said...

So nice to see you again. And congrats on the new job! I hope it's everything you're looking for and more. The photos do look like you and Sian were in the same parts of the world. I think I recognize that pretty statue from my first European trip 40+ years ago.

Missus Wookie said...

Congrats on the new job and fascinating photos too! Looking forward to hearing all about them both.

Becky said...

Congratulations on the new job and lovely to see you back! Looking forward to hearing about your holiday x

Jo said...

Congratulations on your new job. The photos look lovely x

Jimjams said...

Good luck with the new role - you'll be ace! As for the holiday ... were you on holiday WITH Sian??? Certainly looks that way!

alexa said...

Lovely to see you,again and so glad that the new job has turned out to be so perfect for you!

sherrygaley said...

I saw a lot of this sights on my Baltic cruise...Lovely.