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Visual catch up, in lieu of actual content…

We’ve had a fairly busy few weeks round these parts. Two kids’ birthdays, school performance, fishing, parties with friends, job applications, lots of work stuff. But here are some photos from the goings on, in lieu of an actual decent catch up post! BigBoy BirthdayBoy DevilDan WesselyKids Gwynne2 Gwynne3 MissMuffettandCo MissMuffettandGoldilocksphoto 17 IMG_3326 Screen Shot 2013-11-17 at 8.04.07 AM

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20 years on

According to my school friend Mandy, we finished Year 12 twenty years ago yesterday. Twenty years. That’s a long freaking time. That means I’ve been more years out of school than I was in it (not counting uni and work life!). It means that over half my life is post-schooling. Wow. I moved around a lot when I was a kid (ha, what’s changed?) and went to about nine different schools. My final four years though (the longest of anywhere) were all Miles High School, a country school – we had about 30 kids in our Year 12 class. I still keep in touch with a few of them, more than I probably could if it weren’t for Facebook. And while I do look back on high school with quite a lot of head shaking and “what were you THINKING?!”, and while it wasn’t always the most fun of places to be, I do have fond memories as well.

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You can tell I’m back at work

I’m in that funny stage where I’m spending LOADS of time on the computer because I just don’t feel like doing anything else. Managed to get all the washing done today (although disappointingly, not folded and put away – where are my laundry fairies!), but bugger all else. To be fair, Bub was at perhaps his least co-operative, refusing to sleep and having random screaming sessions. When I tried to take him for a walk though he refused to go further than the corner, and while we played soccer for a bit, he got bored with that too. Clearly still a bit unwell (most obvious by his lack of appetite!). Big kids aren’t much better. Miss Five has a hacking cough and Master Eight’s throat is still very sore (a fact he tried to hide from me by not complaining at all, because he hates the medicine so much!). And now of course I’ve got a snuffly nose and the sneezes. Hopefully a good night’s sleep will put a cork in it. Although with the wild weather we’re having right at this moment, it might be a bit noisy to sleep! I woke at 5am because the rain was so loud, and after a showery, blustery day, it’s back in force again.

Holidays finished as well – Monday was a pupil free day, which I spent half of implementing PD for staff. Didn’t do much good – four of us spent three hours yesterday going through the records (for the survey we PDed) and it was shockingly badly done. Disappointing for educated people to do so badly at a fairly straightforward thing. Also had a mass of books to process that arrived over the break, but my other half at work managed to magic most of them away on Tuesday, so the desk was clear yesterday. Nice!

Other than that, I’ve been doing a lot of work for the Aurealis Awards, as the process starts up again for the year. A few bugs to iron out and all that, but the entries are rolling in already, which is fabulous.

And there’s been a bit of slushing for Apocalypse Hope in there. Am very impressed with the number of submissions so far. Still two months to go!

I’ve also been reading a few books that are not Children’s or YA, which has been sort of nice. A bit disappointed in some, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles I guess. Alex and I finished the Vorkosigan Saga (still a couple of posts to write, but the reading is done!) and just about anything is disappointing off the back of Bujold! Have been trying to read some review books interspersed with “for fun” books in my little gap between CBCA boxes (new one early next week, so only a couple of days’ grace left), because my TBR shelves are a bit ridiculous. And the Book Depository is STILL getting my money, which means more books coming darn it!

Another day at work tomorrow, hopefully a little grown up conversation Saturday (pending the state of everyone’s health) and home open Sunday. Bring it on.

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A rather full day

Today was a full day. We actually cadged a little sleep in (6.30 is a sleep in when you’re used to 5am) as the baby stayed asleep! (or at least quiet enough that I didn’t hear him til then!). Dropped the big kids to school, then wandered off to McDonalds with three other mums and littlies for a couple of hours of chat over cuppas while the kids enjoyed the little playground our local Maccas has. Haven’t done enough of this sort of thing this year, so was very pleasant.

We all then went back to school (two and a half hours after it started) to pick up our darlings, as today was a half day for parent-teacher interviews. Brought mine home so baby could have a much needed sleep, bummed about for a couple of hours, then woke the baby and went back to school for interviews. Was a little surprised by Master Eight’s – he’s always been right where he should be or above in his school work, but today’s report showed a marked down turn in his writing skills. He’s basically not applying himself enough – as an example, this is the little review he wrote about Diary of a Wimpy Kid on his Goodreads tonight:

i enjoy reading this book because it was funny. i like the charcters and what they did.i really really want to read Diary Of Wimpy Kid 2 Rodrick Rules because i know it is going to be funny.

Yes, need to work on his punctuation and attention to detail. Pretty much what the teacher said :) And really, if I can’t help him improve on this stuff, I need to hang up my hat as a parent/teacher/editor! His spelling is very good though (ahem, typos excepted) and his reading level is a full grade higher than his age.

I think we also need to support him a bit on his perseverance – he tends to give up a bit easily, and if pressed, generally achieves quite well! So, some things to work on. I was pleased with his maths results though, because he started the year a bit behind with that (two years of the same teacher who was very strong in literacy, not so big on the maths. Now has a maths/science oriented teacher – makes a difference! Need the balance).

Miss Five got a lovely report and is doing very well. She love to create her own writing, and is fantastic at recognising letters/sounds and is starting to read independently. Happy mummy (and it has to be said, Master Eight was getting pretty similar results at this age!).

We went from interviews to the shops – had to get supplies for afternoon tea, and we also wandered by the Kmart toy sale. Wasn’t all that exciting. And then it was to my school, where I was hosting the meeting. Got the ic3 journal mailout packaged in about 20 minutes (MUCH quicker with an industrial strength printer to do the envelopes and three people working at the stuffing!), although the meeting went til 6.30pm. Ouch. Baby was feral by this stage but luckily the committee is very lovely (and mostly mothers/grandmothers!).

By the time we got home it was bedtime! And now I am finally caught up for the day. I like days like this, for social reasons, but sometimes it’s more tiring than work! :)

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Acronyms in action

We’ve had to come up with a name for a new committee. One of our English teachers really rose to the challenge and gave us a heap – these are some of my favourites (school name changed):

"Kirkus’s educational English performance improvement team supporting improvements, moderating performance, & lifting education standards through understanding pedagogical improvements& developments" – KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID

"Literacy intervention and redevelopment squad" – LIARS

"Developing educational advice & development of Writing, oration & reading at Kirkus" – DEAD WORK 

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