OMG the day had finally arrived for SLT camp, the most anticipated event of my calendar since August! So with the permission of my HT to leave early!!! Lol that wasn’t happening so just past 4.30 I left the wonderful Birmingham! My SATNAV took me a bizarre route but I drew nearer Surrey…my half glass empty side kicked in? What if this was some elaborate hoax? There was no @ms_findlater or @mr_lockyear! What if they they had taken the money and were now sunning themselves on the Costa Lotsa Money!! So when I pulled up to find quite a few family sized cars and a crate of beer outside a breathed a sigh of relief! Dumping my bags in my room, I headed into the main room, where I met the very lovely Soo (yo yo) , we soon started chatting… And all the worries of finding something to talk about vanished. Beer flowed and so did the talk…. I’ve never been to a teach meet so I was intrigued, they were all brilliant and to keep going past 11pm on a Friday night was impressive….
After an interesting sleep? Sorry to Tania and Deb if I snored! I once had a housemate who moved my bed into the lounge as she could’t cope with my snoring! So breakfast done (yummy thank you Phil?) we headed off in convoy to Peaslake village hall. After some Ice breakers from deb and mel which I have pinched for school! We started the days business, this really felt so natural and I felt like I was talking to a group of old friends! The infamous Stuart Lock, Dawn and Penny! Not forgetting Amy I smile just saying your name! We talked , discussed , argued, shared, inspired and stole ideas!!! Wow who’d have thought…..
So this was a turning point when all thought were turning to cake! At my school all classrooms have a magazine style rack single attached
during morning sessions teachers dot the work of children who haven’t quite got it! This work goes in the wallet/rack with a note, then TA’s in the afternoon look in the wallet to see which children need a short 10 minute intervention to consolidate that learning. Hence a little bit wobbly in the wallet! Simple but damn effective!
So back to Saturday! with a head full of ideas, thoughts and much more… The beer was a welcome sight!! Dinner was lovely and the laughter flowed… Even with the Salsa dancing. We were truly spoilt with various SLTcamp merchandise! And so to bed.. So time to reflect on Sunday morning, the sunlight filtered through the window… And if you could see thought clouds I’m sure they were all saying the same thing! We are truly privileged to be teachers, it is a vocation not a job, the passion I witnessed by the people I spent 48 hours with was over whelming. So bollocks to the whingers and moaners, if you don’t like what you are doing go find something else to pay your mortgage and leave it to the people who really care about the futures of our young people!
A huge thank you to Stephen and Sarah the dynamic duo! and to all those who made me feel so very welcome!