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The Final Countdown.

Discussion in 'Retirement' started by Jesmond12, Dec 22, 2016.

  1. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter


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  2. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Just two weeks to go like you Jesmond12 and I'm so fed up with teaching the new gcse technology course to my year 9s (we start ks4 in y9) that I've gone back to teaching then some electronics which was my original speciality before the new disastrous and wretched single title technology came in. They love it and I'm relishing a final chance to teach some proper content rather than the Mickey mouse stuff that I was before. This new technology gcse will see the death of Dt in schools because it is so disparate, content heavy and soul destroying tedious that teachers won't want to teach it nor the kids want to study it. One year of it and I'm retiring and good riddance to bad rubbish I say.
  3. pontypwl

    pontypwl New commenter

    Nine days to go! I always said that I would retire the year I turn 60. Happily, it falls the year before we have to implement the new specifications for GCSE and A Level Design & Technology. Starting my teaching career in 1978 teaching woodwork, metalwork and technical drawing, it's really sad the way D&T has gone. We had an excellent opportunity a few years back to really put the subject on the map, but for many reasons this has passed us by and it's gone full circle, with the subject reverting back to being a low status subject in many schools, just like it was 39 years ago. Just a few beacons of excellence, but for how long...

    Anyway, proud of my contribution to design and technology teaching over the years, but a new future beckons away from the early mornng alarm clock and the hourly bells, and starting with two weeks in Sicily in September!
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  4. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Oh fantastic. Good luck for the last few days.
    I spent my last afternoon on here posting OMG this is it etc., zipped round for a brisk farewell, then howled all the way home - it had been something of a nightmare. All part of life's rich pattern as someone said.
  5. Startedin82

    Startedin82 Established commenter

    Tonight I have been to a farewell retirement dinner of a local primary Head in my Family of Schools. On the one hand he couldn't stop talking about his school (of which he is rightly very proud - he's been there 25 years - 15 as HT) on the other he was talking about his plans for retirement. I hope that he makes the switch successfully.
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  6. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    9 Days to go Woohoo.

    Sorry for the countdown but I'm getting rather excited.
  7. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    No need to apologize. We're with you in the anticipatory satisfaction.:D
  8. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    This has been posted on Primary by @sparkz I really like it . You should have a go at a retirement one @Jesmond12

    "The Full Stop Day

    Last six hours of primary school

    Goodbye is getting near

    The sums and sentences all done

    The full stop day is here

    Last five hours of primary school

    Where everything's before

    The aims and games and crazes

    no one’s crazy for no more

    Last four hours of primary school

    Surrounded by a class

    Who'll scatter soon and not return

    when summer’s days have passed

    Last three hours of primary school

    One final lunchtime play

    Instead of chasing friends we try

    to chase and catch the day

    Last two hours of primary school

    The clock hands blur and skid

    Signing shirts, remembering

    the coolest things we did

    Last one hour of primary school

    With Sir who understood

    And helped me see I could achieve

    ‘cos he believed I could

    Last half hour of primary school

    The assembly we all dread

    We can not sing - us Year Six kings

    The crown slips from our heads

    Last ever second of primary school

    The full stop rings in our ears

    But a thousand chapters left to write

    We must vacate our childhood site

    For time moves on and time is right -

    To leave our wonder years"

    ©2009 Mark C Bird
  9. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    I will have a go tomorrow- though I'm not very poetic
  10. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    I trust that you have your Lamborghini ready for your escape?

    Obviously you won't have upset the mafia...

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  11. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    8 days to go.

    Very good day today. I was also offered a job out of the blue to start in September. Now deciding whether to accept it. I was told that I could start after my holiday in September. Very tempted as it would be part time.
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  12. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Sometimes people need a transition job from the Big Job to Being Relaxed Enough to Retire.
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  13. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    Well done! Is it in education or something completely different?
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  14. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    It is in Education which is why I am thinking about it as I have been saying that I will walk away from education and not look back. I suppose that I was very flattered to be asked especially after my difficult year.
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  15. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    I didn't think I would want to set foot in a school again but I am enjoying my part time roles. Every time I visit schools I can't believe how lucky I am not to be responsible for everything, especially after last week's sats results! If you're tempted by it, give it a go. If you don't enjoy it you can always resign. It helps cushion the drastic change in income, too.
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  16. maxp3

    maxp3 New commenter

    Thats really good, love it!
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  17. pontypwl

    pontypwl New commenter

    Although I'm finishing with the day job, I'm continuing as a moderator; it's a good way to keep the brain active, keep doing what I'm good at, stay involved with education (but at arm's length, with the occasional school visit) and helps the income transition.
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  18. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Well, this time next week the kids will have gone home and the staff will be having the leavers' lunch. My retirement plans have gone a little pear-shaped. I was due to completely finish this July but last week I was approached by the head and asked to stay on part time. Apparently the school hadn't had a single applicant for my job. I teach DT up to A-level. So, I'm staying on to see my current Y10s through to the end of Y11 because they're doing one of the old separate specialism GCSEs and my A-level specialism is being scrapped for new Y12 students so I'll just be seeing through the current Y12s to A2.
    Despairing a little bit but consoling myself with the fact that with my unexpected part time earnings I'm going to treat myself to a new (second hand) car or a conservatory.
  19. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    Good for you. You completely have the upper hand here and can more or less do what you like. After all what are they going to do about it?

    One more week left for me or 5 more get ups, 100 miles left to drive and my last 5 shirts and ties have already been chosen- I kid you not!

    This time next week though I expect that I will be feeling sad but excited.
  20. 50sman

    50sman Lead commenter

    @Shedman - if you are taking arb make sure you have a NEW contract with a break of AT LEAST one day - TPS rules - if in doubt talk to TPS
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