Thursday, 8 March 2012
..... sitting in the sun, in the car in the supermarket carpark, eating an extremely illegal chocolate eclair! Yesterday I completely gave into late afternoon sugar cravings and it felt GOOD! I'd stopped off on the way home to get some more rolls for sandwiches and found myself making a quite detour via the cream cake display. Fortunately I went to Pilates later so some of the illegal calories were exercised away...!
Today my form and I decided that we're going to have 'Cup-Cake' Friday tomorrow....
My school has a vertical tutoring system so I have a group of 20 children ranging from 11 to 16 in age. The smaller class size means that I've got to know them pretty well and I positively encourage a 'family' atmosphere. I think it's needed because the school is very large - almost 1300 kids - and they need somewhere where they can be seen as individuals. Anyway, my little 'family' has been having a difficult and very busy time recently. One lad has lost his Grandmother; another has just had to have his dog put down; four of the younger girls are involved in various shows across the West Midlands so they are exhausted; and my Year 11s are so strung out about 6th form entry that you play a tune on them..! After some informal chat at form time we decided that sugary products were the only thing that was going to see us through to the end of the week.
Obviously I don't treat them to cake all the time - but I think they appreciate the treat if it happens occasionally and with good reason. Hopefully their lives are going to become a little settled again soon. I hate seeing them struggle.