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okay i'm kinda mopey today

i guess, if i have to be polite about it, i'd describe our principal as not really a people person; not particularly tactful. she said something today about us being traumatised though, and yes, i guess those are reasonable words. it's not shock anymore; it's just stretched out and unpleasant.

it was the kids' last day today, and then we had a retirement party for the two staff members who are retiring this year. fucking tears everywhere. i got weepy the other day while shelving; sentimental over the gracie faltrain books! they are great, of course, but i can just imagine gracie faltrain being super uncomfortable about someone being sentimental about her so that's a perfect image and if i can just leave with that maybe it will be okay?

christ this is still awful. much as i hate repeating myself.

okay one more week:

  • monday we're going on an excursion/party to a water park.
  • tuesday i'm going to my new school for possibly the world's most awkward induction: hi! i'm going to take leave before school starts next year and i fervently hope not to be working with any of you! but i have to have a school to take leave from so you're it!
  • wednesday is presentation night, and i'm backstage, so wednesday will mostly be setting up & rehearsing
  • thursday is pretty much the last time i have a chance to tidy up and throw things away
  • friday i believe we start drinking at 9; speeches at 10:30; booze-filled lunch from 12:30; bowling at 3ish (with a hip-flask); pub from 6; liver-sponsored death-wishes from 8 or so, i guess. 

to clarify, friday's timetable is the standard last day of school timetable. the lunch is out, where we normally have it at school; i imagine the speeches will have more tears than usual; and there are a LOT of people coming to bowling where it's normally just the sports teachers & the younger teachers, but the drinking from 9am and taxis out of school at 2pm is, well, canon. just, normally, it's happy drinking. watch out twitter that day!

This entry is crossposted from DW. Comment here or there.


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Dec. 14th, 2012 11:52 am (UTC)
what school aren't you working at next year?

It really is a shit thing to have to go through. We have over 20 staff leaving this year due to reductions in numbers. Not quite as horrible as your situation but it's still "challenging".
Dec. 14th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
Melba College - what used to be Croydon & Maroondah Colleges have merged and next year will have a new name and a new uniform! For the near future, Croydon will be the junior campus & Maroondah the senior but they want to end up on one campus eventually.

20 staff! oh jees. That's awful. But your job is safe?
Dec. 15th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)

my job is safe but we lost our AV tech so I now have to do all of the TV taping etc
Dec. 15th, 2012 03:35 am (UTC)
i sold the boss on clickview and & haven't done any taping for two years. dropped the foxtel sub at the same time. We got the money for clickview by cutting everyone's budget for dvds - which works, cause they don't need to buy dvds off VEA if we have clickview. Luckily, it's a per-student subscription, so it ended up being pretty affordable.
Dec. 15th, 2012 04:03 am (UTC)
We do TV taping *and* have clickview :)

Mostly, though, it's transferring stuff that was recorded previously on DVD/Video onto Clickview.
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