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ASauvingnonADay Tue 15-Aug-17 11:43:58

Is it wrong to just want to do absolutely nothing this holiday! We've been away, but now home I'm wanting to do the bare minimum and make the most of being able to lie in and not rush out of the house!

Three weeks left (or less!) and I'm already getting school dreams at night and worrying about certain children too.

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Bobbiepin Tue 15-Aug-17 11:54:55

I'm totally the same. I'm sort of trying to get out the house most days but its only because I tend to get a little caught up in my head if I don't. I'm due to start mat leave with DC1 about 5 weeks after we go back so I'm making the most of my alone time and lie ins. I'm really not looking forward to getting back to school.

ASauvingnonADay Tue 15-Aug-17 12:13:54

Yeah I do get that feeling. I try and make sure I leave the house for something, even if it is just to go to the supermarket, but I'm staying in my PJs for as limb as possible!

Pretending I don't have any work to do for September.

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BizzyFizzy Tue 15-Aug-17 12:15:43

I never work in the holidays. I spend them trying to get the rest of my life in order!

LancashireTea Tue 15-Aug-17 12:17:54

I've had school dreams too. I've got so much to do, but have no childcare this summer and my toddler doesn't exactly let me work. And by the time OH gets home, I'm too knackered to start writing SOLs that i have to do, but don't get paid for. And never mind the 10 page post exam results essay/ analysis that our head makes us do.

thatdearoctopus Tue 15-Aug-17 12:19:36

I got totally organised and ahead of myself school-wise before leaving in July, so am spending the holidays (apart from 2 x weeks away) doing the last year's worth of DIY/organisation of the house. I am still managing lie-ins and nice treats as well.
I know I will be glad the house is sorted come September - until dh and the kids muck it all up again over the forthcoming year.

Bobbiepin Tue 15-Aug-17 12:22:59

@lanc I'm just the same. Had a dream that our best student got a D in my subject rather than the A she's predicted. Don't even wanna start on the results analysis.

Littlelouse Tue 15-Aug-17 12:29:30

Also going on mat leave: October half term for me. Won't have a timetable (apparently) so not got much planning to do. Dreading returning to school.

Head of year and keep thinking back to the last couple of weeks of term where my tolerance levels were low anyway and my patience was continuously tested by parents who made me despair at the world. One in particular who, despite me having to speak to her son on numerous occasions throughout the year because of his use of homophobic language, totally refuses to accept that he has because her brother is gay and she knows her child better than I do. She's also fond of a 'my kid ain't a fucking snitch' rant and wants the names of any of the parents who have complained about her son repeatedly calling their child gay because 'they've brought their kids up to be dirty fucking snitches.'

Sorry for the rant but not sure I can even face another few weeks of it and as we know, parents like this are not that few and far between!

ASauvingnonADay Tue 15-Aug-17 12:35:21

Littlelouise - I'm pastoral and know exactly what you mean! I actually keep thinking back to two interactions at the end of the year with parents that I didn't handle particularly well (out of the thousands that were handled well!). Really infuriating similar situations where in the end I just said it as it was!

It's easy to forget just how stressful and testing it can be.

I do genuinely look forward to going back, bar a few exceptions (like getting up early, confrontations etc.)

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stargirl1701 Tue 15-Aug-17 12:37:19

Back to INSET yesterday 😢

Tw1nsetAndPearls Tue 15-Aug-17 12:37:57

I always try not to work in the holidays, I have had quite a lot of time off sick this year so will need to do some work over the next few weeks but am resenting it .

ASauvingnonADay Tue 15-Aug-17 12:37:58

My school dreams have consisted of 'how on earth do we get this child through another year' and related battles.

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Littlelouse Tue 15-Aug-17 12:56:17

@ASauvingnonADay ah yes, the constant focus on the things that didn't go well opposed to the many things that did!

I say I'm dreading the start of term but once I'm there, I will actually love being back. It's just getting used to the routine again, isn't it? I also feel like I have to 'grow' my concentration levels again haha. Inset is always a killer as I genuinely think sometimes I may have developed ADHD over the summer. A very funny speaker we had last year actually asked me if I had after spotting me looking out the window multiple times during a particularly 'dry' session.

MiaowTheCat Tue 15-Aug-17 20:07:24

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Bobbiepin Tue 15-Aug-17 20:14:36

@littlelouse at least you won't have a timetable. I'm HOD and was told I would have to teach, not happy about it, especially the hours I'm teaching outside my subject. I'm a KS5 specialist and I have year 7s!!

PumpkinPie2016 Tue 15-Aug-17 20:19:21

I'm currently away and was away the second week too so that's been lovely. Otherwise, I have been relaxing/doing stuff with DH and DS and generally catching up with home stuff.

I have schemes of learning to write for September and I can't be bothered at all! I may have to just go into school one day and get it done as otherwise I'll just keep avoiding it.

Had school dreams already which isn't good!

Our first day back is INSET and we have quite a few new staff in our dept this year so I fear the first few weeks will be more hectic then usual!

I'll be fine once I'm back - it's just the getting back that's hard.

I'm going to focus on enjoying the remainder of the hols so that I can go back refreshed!

ASauvingnonADay Tue 15-Aug-17 21:32:42

@Littlelouse I say I'm dreading the start of term but once I'm there, I will actually love being back. It's just getting used to the routine again, isn't it?
this entirely! I love my job and genuinely miss the kids (and worry too much about them!), but the thought of how chaotic it can be compared to how chilled I am right now...!

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Littlelouse Tue 15-Aug-17 22:04:24

@Bobbiepin ouch! That doesn't seem very fair. I am strongly suspicious that I'll actually be used as an expensive cover supervisor for 7 weeks. I don't really mind that as obviously there will be no marking etc but I can also see it being more stressful than having a timetable: when teachers don't bother to leave cover work etc etc

Littlelouse Tue 15-Aug-17 22:05:18

@ASauvingnonADay precisely. I'm sure we'll be fine though! Plus...not long 'till Christmas wink

mineofuselessinformation Tue 15-Aug-17 22:15:51

Miaow, I agree about the chair thing - we are secondary, but two hours on a hard chair listening to stuff they could have given you on a sheet of A4 tends to make for a numb bum, never mind that yours are smaller!
Mind you, I have a shiny new room to go to (now that I have spent at least three days clearing about 12 bin bags of rubbish and recycling that the previous person left behind). Dc2 and I went through an entire 'magic eraser' removing the built up ink from the whiteboard!
I've been in today to sort out some SoLs for the new term (and straighten out issues in some of them that were not my doing) and put my display stuff up - boards were stripped and relined last week. I'm going in again tomorrow, with some incense as the room smells, to try and finish off so I don't have to go in again.

mineofuselessinformation Tue 15-Aug-17 22:17:07

Oh and I need to email the person who does the timetable as I've not been given the teaching allocation I should for next year, and am over enough that I will need cover every week if it's not sorted. angry

FitbitAddict Thu 17-Aug-17 10:02:16

DH joked about finding me things to do (at least I hope he was joking). I have plenty to do - there's loads on Sky+ I haven't seen yet, I have three library books and a load more on my Kindle. I have to shop for new clothes (now Deputy Head so no more sitting on the floor reading with 6 year olds) and I have a load of stuff in the garage to sort out and freecycle.

I'm between jobs, so nothing to do in my old school and not much to do in the new one. We have SLT on 30/8 but with no access to the building or computer system there's not much point in me going in before then.

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