Project 365 2021 Week 48 Day 331-337 Our first Secondary School parents evening and school at home has returned.
Sunday 28th November – Day 331
We had a quiet morning at home doing jobs and then picked up my SIL. We’d been invited to Silverstone to see this year’s Lap of Lights and thought she’d enough the distraction too. As we approached the circuit it started to snow and it made the whole time rather magical. We got to try curling for the first time which was great fun, even if we were rather useless at it, had something to eat and drink and then enjoyed the drive around the circuit. The snow falling made the laser lights look like glitter in the sky.
Monday 29th November – Day 332
There wasn’t a lot of snow but enough to look a little wintery this morning. I was glad that I didn’t need to leave the house and that it had all gone by the afternoon.
Our neighbours moved today, pleased for them but we’ll miss them, and watching their little girl growing up. Said hello to our new neighbour as he was moving in, hopefully, we won’t know he’s there in the nicest possible way.
Tuesday 30th November – Day 333
Mum and Dad got their Covid boosters in Spain today.
After work, I headed over to see a friend I used to work with who I’ve not seen for ages and ages. She’d been furloughed and then made redundant from the business we used to work for so it was so lovely to finally catch up with her. I also got to see Paddington’s brother who I’ve not seen since he was about 8 weeks old! He’s got so much fur, he’s a stunner. They’ve also got an older half brother of Pippi and Fudge.
Home in time for my son to get back from school and then he had Pippi to help him with his homework.
We then received the email of doom from school. At that point, there were 14 teachers off school, not all with Covid, but the decision had been made that Year 7 would not be allowed in school on Wednesday and Thursday. I would imagine that there were a number of parents who were thrown into panic mode at this point.
Wednesday 1st December – Day 334
An interesting day. Thankfully the OH was at home trying to sleep but could keep an eye on my son as I had an opticians appointment this morning. My son’s schoolwork had been set through Google Classroom and as the first lesson was DT I knew he’d be ok to get on with that. All good at the opticians, a slight prescription change, but not enough to warrant spending a fortune on new glasses. I’m being put back to reviews every two years again as I’m now under the Eye Hospital anyway.
Back home for school at home which went ok and then I had to leave the OH in charge again while I went for my Covid Booster – Pfizer.
Home again, school work finished and then it was time for our first Secondary School parents evening. It’s all online with 5-minute timeslots. I’d been lucky enough to be available to book times as soon as they were released so we got to talk to 6 of his teachers, others weren’t so lucky. He’s settled in well, is very well behaved and studious and although his presentation leaves a lot to be desired thanks to his handwriting, his actual content is very good. He’s done well in a number of assessments and I could not be more proud of him.
Thursday 2nd December – Day 335
School at home for two as I’d offered to have my son’s best friend over as well. It made sense as I’m working from home anyway, and I thought the boys would like it. My son’s friend was brilliant, my son less so. Thankfully I wasn’t working until later in the day, but a mixture of my son being a nightmare, side effects from my booster and a period about to arrive meant I was totally frazzled by the end of the day. But we got there in the end.
At lunchtime, we received another email of doom telling us Year 7 would need to work from home tomorrow too. This time telling us 15 teachers were out and that 20% of the year group have tested positive to Covid!
Friday 3rd December – Day 336
My work call had run over yesterday which meant I could finish my work earlier today which helped with the school at home day 3. I was feeling considerably better than yesterday so it seems the booster side effects have worn off. The boys had no PE or PSHE work set so we could finish school early. So in the afternoon we headed out for a walk, we all needed a bit of fresh air, and it was a little strange walking past their old school with them.
We received an email from school in the afternoon stating that all year groups should be in school on Monday. But I’m still not convinced we’ll make it to the end of the year. They all have to have taken an LFT late Sunday/early Monday before they are allowed back in school.
Saturday 4th December – Day 337
A quiet home day today. I think we needed a bit of R&R after the events of the week. The menfolk are heading out to visit a model railway shop this afternoon and I’m majorly behind with blog work so I’ll be staying at home to get to grips with that.