Thursday, 29 March 2012
Getting home early..
This was the view from my study when I got home this afternoon. All my lovely white blossom trees are out in force. The one on the left is a Damson tree that has survived from the days when the whole close was an orchard. It was badly beaten about and left for dead when the houses were built almost 20 years ago. The builders even managed to errect a fence over its roots. Nevertheless, it seems to have thrived and we get a fairly good crop from it most summers.
All this blossom has been a bit of a surprise because I've had one of those weeks and I hadn't seen the garden since Sunday. Monday night was a Year 11 Diploma performance (extremely proud of them); Tuesday was Year 7 Parents Evening (talked myself hoarse) and last night was a Year 9 'Once Upon a Time' Performance (really sweet!)
Basically I've developed a unit where the Year 9s devise a show suitable to take into Year 1 and 2 classses at our feeder schools. They write the scripts and plan all the songs themselves. Every year I'm always surprised and delighted by the outcomes. Last night was lovely. There are some very witty and slightly zany children in this class and their show was particularly clever.
Most schools are beaking up for Easter tomorrow. Solihull continues until next Wednesday for the pupils and Thursday for the staff. The only good thing is that we don't start again until the 23rd... The children get two and a half weeks, which will be lovely if the weather holds.