Daily Archives: June 11, 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Room (On Board for One More!)

Room (On Board for One More!)

A submission to the Weekly Photo Challenge : Room 


Crossing the river Gambia in 2006 – was quite an experience – with lots of passengers, vehicles and a herd of cattle!


Timetable Time!

T Minus 72

Today I have been starting the process of timetabling the ICT Faculty for next year. Having received the basic structure of what needs to be taught when, my role is to allocate staff.
It’s a bit of a puzzle to solve. Some colleagues are part time others teach in other faculties. Classes in different year groups run concurrently and where possible I like to keep continuity for colleagues and pupils alike. I also like colleagues to have their own room- in ICT that is important as our rooms are used by other faculties too. As we are a split site it also makes it easier to have a base on each site.

I always enjoy the challenge of working it all out. As sad as it sounds I get pleasure from the process. It is something I have done ever since the old days as a science teacher, long before I moved into ICT and became a HoF.

Today was stage one and only involved Sixth Form and GCSE Classes, but draft 1 is done. I know it will probably change before long as other factors impose themselves, but these are puzzles to overcome and compromises to make.

This year though I am slightly detached from the process. I, of course will never teach these classes or work within this timetable. Somewhere else in Tanzania, another timetable is being written and classes allocated. It’s a bit weird but exciting also.

I really like receiving my new timetable (even when I have planned it) the hopes and expectations of a new school year.

Unknown names which will soon become faces and personalities. Some challenging, some not, hard workers and slackers; naughty and well behaved; loud and quiet. Even known names can change (for better or worse!) Teaching in itself does not change year on year but the clientele do. I wonder what timetable awaits and what characters lie behind the names to come?

France (Loire) 1997

Click here for Week 1 – Brittany



Having left Chateaulin early we headed for our second Gite located in the Loire region in the village of Erbray.

On route we passed through Quimpèrle, then stopped off in Josselin.

We arrived at our Gite in Erbray late in the afternoon.

Hol 1997 (92)

In the evening we headed out to the nearby town of Chateaubriant.

We ravelled to the town of Vitré where using a guide-book we walked through the old streets and around the Chateau walls.

Leaving Vitré we journeyed on to the Chateau at Fougères. We had great fun clambering up and down all the many turrets and towers.


We drove into the Loire Valley, whee we visited some vineyards at Beaulieu du Lattay and the Rose Garden at Foué la Fontaine. Finally we drove to Saumur. Unlike Fougières, Samaur’s chateau was very much a stately home, which we were able to look around.



We drove the short distance to Voireau Reservoir, where we swam and relaxed on the beach. We also hired a pedalo and traveled around the lake.


We journeyed to Clisson, which is known as little Italy due to it’s architecture.

We had a great lunch outside of Clisson, before looking around the gardens of the nearby stately home at Menezhom. The gardens here went down to the river’s edge and followed the interesting footpath across the weir and viewed the Italian Architecture.


We traveled to Chateau Gontier and took a boat trip along the river.

In the evening we arrived at Le Lude for the “Son et Lumière” show we had read about in the Guide Book. The Chateau was impressive although we were too late to go inside. From the bridge we observed the rows of seats where we would later see the show once dusk had fallen.

The show was impressive. Countries from around the globe were depicted with music and pictures and fireworks.

It was a great way to end our holiday in France