All sorted!

Had a great day today at ‘my’ new school. I now have my timetable, a form group, staff calendar and handbook, a teachers’ planner, my staff login, my ID photo done, access to all the department’s resources and a laptop reserved. I also met loads more staff, including another geography teacher who is starting in September, the lady who looks after the NQTs and loads more people besides. Never seen such a happy staff room! Met some of my new students, too.

Ooh, and best of all I got my classroom confirmed!

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Isn’t it great?

Small world!

Had a lovely day today at a Geography Teachers’ Conference at the University of Sussex. It may be a big world out there but the world of geography education feels very small sometimes. I seemed to have links with several others there today, which was quite comforting as it can be a bit scary talking to so many experienced and talented ‘real’ teachers. I’m sure a lot of people already knew each other, though. I guess if you go to enough events, it’s not surprising!

Two of my fellow (former!) PGCE students were there and both have started their jobs this week, so many congratulations to them! It was great to hear a bit about their experiences. A teacher I worked with in the last academic year, when I was getting some voluntary classroom experience, was there as well. I was going to email him tonight to let him know I’d finished my training and got a job – and thank them again for giving me such a wonderful opportunity and bearing with me through the nightmare PGCE application process – but it was much better to actually see him! A teacher who’d interviewed me for a job I didn’t get was also there but luckily that wasn’t awkward at all because I know I did well at the interview and it had come down to me and one other candidate. The chap who got the job was very nice and although I don’t know what the deciding factor was, he had spent time in both an elephant orphanage and orang-utan sanctuary. I couldn’t beat that, could I?!? :-D Another teacher I knew from my days taking school groups round Wakehurst Place was also there. Her daughter goes to the school I was offered an interview at this coming Friday (obviously I don’t need to go now) so it was good to talk to her and although it’s a fantastic school, I’m sure I made the right decision in not going for it. I even met a teacher who works at a neighbouring school to mine and it was great to hear how highly he thought of it, although he did say it was only the second best school in the area. I suppose I can live with that, ha, ha! There were also a couple of other people I recognised but couldn’t put my finger on where from – probably just other conferences!

Add to all this the fact that the teacher I’m taking over from in my job not only did her own PGCE placement a few years ago at the school I volunteered at but I taught her nephews at my final placement, and well, small world!

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