My top 5 inspiring teachers

Here are my top 5 inspiring teachers I’ve had so far. Not all of them are school teachers but they are definitely people who left a big impact on my learning journey. Continue reading “My top 5 inspiring teachers”

Last day of school

Yesterday was my eldest daughters last day of her first year at school and what a year it has been.  She started off at private school, moved houses and is now at her local primary school and the amazing thing is, she seems to have taken all this in her stride.  She is generally quite an energetic and excitable child so apart from having to deal with that, everything else has been really good.  Since she spent most of her time at the private school, we received her school report from there a couple of days ago and I was really pleased with it.  I know lots of people who rave on about how proud they are of their child’s school report on Facebook and I used to mentally roll my eyes at them but I think for the first time and with her first school report, I can happily jump in the same boat.  Continue reading “Last day of school”

Sports Day Fears

It’s been a while since I last actually wrote a blog on the day it goes out.  Since coming back from India, I’ve had so many back up blogs that it almost felt like a bit of a holiday not blogging on here on a weekly basis!  Yesterday, I went to my daughter’s first Sports Day. My eldest daughter is so competitive that I think I had knots in my stomach wondering how she would react if she failed.  She was fine as long as she got her medal at the end (for taking part).  I was worrying for no reason.  Then I was worried about the mum’s race. I hate running. Sports Day brings back so many miserable memories of coming last in running but it was ok yesterday. I managed to keep up with the other mums, which was all I really wanted.  The dad’s on the other hand were really competitive!

In other news, I am now on a hunt for a nursery near where we live.  The youngest will be finishing nursery at the end of July and then from September, I want to start her in nursery nearby.   There are lots of nurseries to choose from and we’ve been to see 3 so far.  The first one was just one room for all kids from 2-5.  I wasn’t so keen on that.  The second one was walking distance but in the opposite direction to the school, it had lovely facilities and lovely staff but I didn’t really get a feeling for it.  The third one is also good and the one we are most likely to go with.  They seem to have things in place to encourage learning and progress.  However, there is so much traffic around there and parking will be a nightmare. Also, the playground is on the roof!  It is secure obviously but part of me feels a bit scared about it.  There are more nurseries we can look at but it’s only for a year so we don’t want it to be too far away really.

Another positive thing that has happened recently was that I sent in an amended tax return for one client, mainly because she had put all the figures in the wrong boxes and because she had originally completed it herself, there were no accounts to check. When I re did it, it seemed like she had missed out a lot of expenses.  Anyway, I sent it in (although the process of sending it in had changed since I last did anything like this so it took me two attempts before I got all the information HMRC needed in the format they needed it in) and then didn’t really expect anything.  I didn’t even chase it as she was on a payment plan which was based on the lower amended figures that they hadn’t seen yet.   A few days ago, I received a phone call from the client saying she had received a refund and was so grateful for it and it had come at the right time. It’s such a good feeling when I do something like this. The only problem about this now is that I haven’t invoiced her for it yet.  I will do eventually.  Maybe I will include it when I do this year’s tax return because I do know she is struggling for money having recently changed careers.  I will because I have to but I keep changing my mind as to how much to charge her as I feel sorry for her.


What Next?

I went to the new school again, this time with my daughter and I feel a lot better about it.  Not sure why it’s Ofted 2 but everyone is really friendly and smiley, my cheeks still ache thinking about it!  The children are quite well behaved and calm especially for such a big class.  I spoke to some of the teachers there and I feel that my daughter will have lots of opportunities here to do well. So only one week left at this old school!  It’s sad to be leaving such an amazing school behind but exciting too to see what this new school will be like and starting a new routine.  Continue reading “What Next?”

The stress of moving schools

I feel a little sad.  We have got a school for my daughter in the area we live in.  It’s still not from one of our three choices but it is a good school.  It is the only school in this area that is not an Ofsted 1 school, which is probably why we got a place but I feel sad that my daughter will be leaving an amazing school where she has been doing so well academically and she seems to be making good friends finally and now we’re uprooting her.  I know she’ll be fine, maybe a little sad but ok otherwise. I hope academically, she will continue to do well and excel and maybe one day we can send them both to private school again. Continue reading “The stress of moving schools”

Groundhog Day Again!

So yet again we find ourselves in the same position that we were in last year.  We applied for three schools in this area with a hope of being able to transfer our daughter to one of the local schools around here and as if it’s Groundhog Day, we got three rejections. Continue reading “Groundhog Day Again!”

Private school or not?

My daughter currently goes to private school and I think there are a lot of benefits to private school but there’s a part of me that really feels wrong about paying for education. My granddad is a big proponent of education but he also very much believes that if a person wants to learn she will learn wherever she goes. In terms of education I do believe that and going private school was not our first choice.

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