Today was the first day back after a wonderful two week break [except of course for the day I went into school to teach a revision session and all the time I spent marking and preparing work].
What a shock it was to the system, when the alarm clock went off at 7am and I had to get up. Still never mind - as today was an inset day [training day] I could wear my own clothes and not my 'school uniform'. So jeans and casual shirt it was, a quick breakfast and off to school I went.
After several computer problems when my laptop didn't like the updates that had been done to the system, it was time to go to the hall for a staff briefing. Very sad news followed - when we were told a colleague had lost her battle with cancer and had died over the weekend. After being told that, computer problems and staff missing because they were in foreign lands, seemed totally unimportant.
The pupils will be told tomorrow. This is the second time this year, they will have been told of the death of a member of staff - the first was a member of my department, who was killed by a train in January. I am expecting tomorrow will be a difficult day.
The rest of the day consisted of training on new computer systems and working on our assessment procedures.
I left work a little early to collect my poor husband, Harry to take him to the eye clinic. Yesterday he was diagnosed with shingles and as it is affecting his eye, they wanted to check behind it to ensure it wasn't infected. Fortunately the news was good and the actual eye is okay but they want to check him again in a weeks time. He is however feeling very sorry for himself so I am trying to be extra nice to him. Unfortunately I am not a very good nurse.
So tomorrow morning, it will be back to school again but this time with the actual pupils there - [ it's amazing how quiet a school is when the pupils are not there!]