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Any Scottish teachers retiring in June...?

Discussion in 'Retirement' started by craigy77, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. craigy77

    craigy77 New commenter

    Off to Australia next week to visit one of my sons. Planning to visit New Zealand too and have a few days booked in Dubai to spend with one of my other sons on the return leg in early December.

    I spent two days working on the school memorial garden refurbishment last week. Weather was lovely and I had a great group of pupils working with me too. Was very strange wearing a visitors badge after 38 years but I had a great day and the garden is now all ready to be replanted in the spring although a few things I had hoped to be able salvage will need replaced.
     
  2. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Aw - you sound happy. Have a wonderful time and safe travelling.
     
  3. craigy77

    craigy77 New commenter

    I arrived back in the UK on Thursday having been to visit my eldest son in Australia and then middle son in Dubai. Off to visit my youngest son in London next weekend- I have booked a nice hotel as my son and his boyfriend are in a very small one bed and I want a bit of freedom to explore anyway.

    I am back out on supply on Tues/Wed in my old school which is really struggling for staff. I have said I will do two days a week until I go on holiday again in March and I am strangely looking forward to it. I have decided to use the supply money to go away at Christmas for just over 2 weeks to a place my wife and I used to love visiting in Portugal. I will no doubt spend all my time thinking about her but then I would have done that anyway and at least I will have the sun and some old friends nearby.
     
  4. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Go craigy 77! :) (Don't be afraid to stop though.)
     
  5. craigy77

    craigy77 New commenter

    Thank you Linden
    I have spent the last few days getting a few bits of DIY done in my new small bungalow. I negotiated a timetable with the school- after all those years of HoD teaching exam classes I want to teach my subject (Technical) to the juniors- less pressure particularly as it is a great school.
     
  6. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    :D
    I love a good news thread.
    So pleased for you craigy77
     
  7. craigy77

    craigy77 New commenter

    Thanks Lizzie
    taken to retirement well. It was terrifying. But now I am loving it
     
  8. craigy77

    craigy77 New commenter

    First day in a classroom since June. Nice day, relaxed, teaching my subject to well behaved and keen 11-13yo. They have been using worksheets since the start of the term in August as there are no specialist technical teachers available. Today, we started planning some projects in woodwork which we will soon bring to life.

    Had one difficult character in an S1 class. Turns out he is causing trouble in all subjects. By luck, I realised I taught his father woodwork more than 20 years ago. I helped his dad to make a coffee table which still adorns his mum's living room. Hopefully that will help me get through to the boy, who appears to be as awkward and difficult as his dad.

    I told him when he was in his gran's house at the weekend he should check the table over to see it was in good order and if it needed varnished etc. A young probationer NQT teacher over-heard this conversation and said "Oh that is a good idea to get him onside." There is life in the old dog yet I thought! (and 38 years teaching experience)
     
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  9. craigy77

    craigy77 New commenter

    Just an update, still teaching 2 days per week. Not missing my HOD duties or exam classes. Still really enjoying teaching the younger pupils Technical. I still have the energy for the actual teaching of children and I am lucky to work in what is a fantastic school which has been part of my life since 1979. I was nervous about retiring, glad I did it now!
     
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  10. craigy77

    craigy77 New commenter

    Just an update, no more teaching for me until new term in August (possibly)
    The two days a week cover have now ended due to SQA exams beginning in early May and someone has returned from maternity leave. In a way I am glad it is over but will miss the company.
     
  11. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    Enjoy your rest:) . There's so much to fit in, is there time to teach? Hope you've lots planned for the summer
     
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  12. craigy77

    craigy77 New commenter

    Thanks Lizziescat, I am visiting two of my sons over the next 3months- one in London and one in Dubai. I am also going to Ireland to do some family tree research. I do keep very busy and enjoy it.... but I must say I REALLY enjoyed back teaching. After years of pressure as HoD it was great just to teach, especially as I had no exam classes.

    I am lucky to have worked in a great school since 1979 and miss my colleagues and the chance to influence the lives of children. I still think I have something to give and was asked to support a probationer teacher (NQT) who was struggling with a difficult S3 class and you know, I could still cut it!
     
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  13. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    Oh that sounds so good @craigy77 . You mean you can do proper teaching. It's making me feel quite nostalgic, except I know my school would just not (will never) be like that
     
  14. craigy77

    craigy77 New commenter

    I do not think things in Scotland are quite as bad as elsewhere yet lizziescat and I hope that will still the same despite the problems with the SQA.
     
  15. craigy77

    craigy77 New commenter

    Just checking back in after a battle with ill health. :)
    On the mend I hope.
     
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  16. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Hello @craigy77 Sorry you've had some illness. I hope 2018 brings better things.
     
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  17. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

  18. craigy77

    craigy77 New commenter

    Hi everyone

    this is a post for all those people asking,... should I retire? etc

    I retired in August 2015 after a long career- taught since 1977, in same school since 1979, Head of Department nearly 25 years.

    My retirement will be short lived due to health issues. I loved my job... maybe should have went a year or two sooner... cleared a bit more of the bucket list.
     
  19. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Oh, dear, craigy. That doesn't sound good! :( Sending you best wishes.
     
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  20. heldon

    heldon Occasional commenter

    So sorry, best wishes
     
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