Grr, had a tricky day today as last minute call at a school I work in a lot and who ask for me by name. I was covering the sports coach so did P.E all day with two year 5 classes and two Year 6 classes. The teacher suggested dodge ball and I chose to do this as it's easy and a game I know the children enjoy. It was a bit loud and they were being a little cheeky. I couldn't find proper soft balls (the fluffy ones) so we just a couple of soft balls and a couple of soft plastic balls which were de-flated. There were a few injuries and some hurt children who sat out. I checked each child in what I thought was the appropriate way and they sat out until they were ok to join in again. Anyway, all ok as far as I was concerned. Then I got a call from the agency saying that a number of children had complained about me and the school didn't want me back. I feel really upset by this but I guess this was a bad choice of activity and as hubby said I didn't help myself (the story of my life) Apparently, I didn't check the children who got hurt and just left them. More seriously, I said I like the idea of hitting children and then threw a ball at a child in the stomarch. I explained to the agency about the context of the situation and that there were quite a few injuries and perhaps it wasn't the best choice of activity. I said that I didn't play dodge ball as I was watching them but at one point I did join in and threw the ball to children on the bench to get them back in the game so the game wouldn't finish. I guess my most poor judgement was in a warm-up dodge ball type game which was with a soft ball. The children accidently hit me with the ball and so I picked it up and was like right and then in the spirit of the game threw the ball at one of the children, aiming at his legs and actually I don't think it hit him anyway. This was a joke and the children and myself were laughing during it. This is the only place I can think where this could have come from. Also, when they were explaining the idea of the game and how you have to hit each other with the ball I said I like the idea of this game but only as a joke and because I thought it sounded like a good game. The agency were sympathetic and fair and said the receptionist was upset making the call and telling the agency they didn't want me back. I feel upset because I thought I had a good relationship with the school and enjoyed going there. This is going on my recold with the agency which worries me in terms of references and future work. Although, the agency did say they have worked with me for a number of years and think they are a good judge of chararacter and it normally turns out the truth is half way between what the teacher has said and the pupils. I feel upset but guess I need to just live and learn. Think I will give dodge ball a miss in the future.