Extreme wet weather in our area of Queensland today, worsening tonight, but hopefully clearing tomorrow. It meant a chaotic day at school, as wet soaking students tried to shelter in the library during breaks.
Most schools in Queensland do not have their various classrooms connected, so when it is time for students to change classrooms they have to brave the elements. According to our city planning and government considerations, if we build covered walkways between buildings, it gets counted as “classroom area” and impacts on an future building allowances. Crazy.
It was Minerva’s rostered day off and I should have had support for half the day, but the poor staff member was ill and left after the first two periods, so I was solo all day.
So, trying to run the library, and as our Open Day is on Sunday, trying to prepare the Library and set up displays, while supervising students was exhausting . I even had to go outside to scream at students to stop sliding on the wet tiles outside the library doors. It is galling to explain that they risk a brain injury if they fall, while thinking that they probably don’t possess a brain in the first place.
But why don’t parents make their children take an umbrella to school when they know that severe weather conditions are expected? No doubt they will all complain about their wet child, but not think they should have sent them off with at least an umbrella.
It has been a long week all around. Yesterday I had a student suspended for two days for calling poor Minerva a “dog”. I had refused to allow him to borrow a calculator for various reasons, mainly his rudeness, and when he approached Minerva trying to get her to weaken and she refused, he called her a dog. Thank heavens he wasn’t at school during the wet weather today, because he would have been more trouble than all the others put together.
We have to work Sunday for no overtime or time in lieu for Open Day – voluntarily compulsory we are calling it. Yeah, teachers have a lot of holidays… and work 60 hour weeks for a 30 hour week wage.
Then, we get to enjoy the thrill of parent-teacher, excuse me, parent-teacher-student interviews next week. Students are expected to attend with parents. That will be more than a 12 hour day.
Same timing for these events every year, and by the end of the week Teachers start to get sick from over work and exhaustion.
Oh yeah, and we got our flu vaccinations yesterday too.
Not feeling the joy this week.
Rain ~ Alexandra Kokinova