OK, where to start. I'm officially an orphan. My mum passed away about a month ago. I didn't react as badly as i thought I would, I think seeing the body helped this time and I did get to tell her I loved her before she passed away. My big tip for anyone who has to sort out funerals etc is TAKE YOUR TIME and don't let anyone rush you. We took four weeks and it all went really well. I'm sure you all have stories about when you lost loved ones, feel free to share them with me, it helps to know there are others out there who understand. The children are all fine, I check in with them on a regular basis about how they are feeling, it's been a bit rough for them as our next door neighbour, Anne, passed away last week as well, plus Phylis, our next door neighbour the other side is now in a nursing home as she can't cope at home any more.
Better news! All children passed their music exams! Yay! John is now doing grade 8, I've let him know that funding for his music ceases when he goes to Uni next year due to austerity cuts ; ). Lizzie is now doing Grade 5 and James Grade 4.
James is in his last few days of primary school, he's looking forward to "big school" and I think he will thrive there. It's been a real battle for him in primary school over the years. The schools quiz team came 5th in the semi finals of the national ks2 quiz competition which he was really pleased with.
Lizze came back from an overnight Duke of Edingburgh practice camp yesterday, she looked shattered! But she was packed off to school this morning looking a little bleary eyed. She is 14, I think we are communicating OK, how will I know!? She keeps hitting me saying, Oh Dad!! I assume this is normal. : )
John is currently, at this moment, at an interview having finished his AS level exams and looking for a job. It's his first ever interview, he has to do a 10 minute presentation using various technologies. He was very smartly dressed! I hope he does well. He's doing 5 A levels and hopes to go to Cambridge to study maths, so a PHd and become a maths teacher. I have encouraged him to get out and about for a few years before making the jump to teaching. What do you think?
In the last email, I mentioned that Fiona's job as a Parent Support Advistor has been made redundant so she is going back to nursing. She has induction days in August. It will be strange seeing her in the uniform again, it's been a while. She's a brilliant nurse.
Well, time to go, have a great hols folks if I don't email again.
Teaching is a high calling, keep the faith.