Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Effects of Snow

As you know I work in a school. It was closed today, except for exam students and those staff who live “within walking distance”. I live 14 miles from my place of work. Our caretakers have been working like trojans for days now, and I take my hat off to them. People who complain (particularly parents) about schools being shut need to think about something. If your child falls over at school, the first people that can be blamed is the school and its actions. Such risks of being potentially sued have to be considered. We have no choice. If teachers live far away like many of my colleagues do, the school can be closed due to not having enough staff for the number of learners. As a faith school we have a wide catchment area, which children coming to us from a wide geographical area. Children can have issues getting home again if weather conditions deteriorate. I wish people would think about what they would do, before complaining. I know everyone has issues with childcare, and I do understand the issues. I have worked in education look enough, so don’t start on that one. One of my colleagues wasn’t sure if she could come to work because her childcarer travels to her and the snow was worse in her area. In these condition we need to pull together, think about how we would respond in such situations, and try to keep our children safe. They are not allowed to throw snowballs at my school. Getting a chunk of ice in your eye from one being thrown is a health and safety issue whether the child is in school or not. The ice doesn’t just disappear once you find the snow outside the school gate! Look at snow, enjoy its beauty, but be careful. Everyone.

My Bucket List

I don’t know what it has been that has triggered me to do this (possibly reading about the death of the original bucket list author, Alice Pyne, God rest Her soul), but here goes…

1. Have the nerve to do an abseil to raise money for St Pauls Hostel.
2. Go to The Vatican again
3. Get Bonzo and Friends published
4. Meet Georg Ganswein
5.Learn to scuba dive
6. Go to Iona (going in July/August 2013)
7. Go to Jerusalem
8. Go to austria
9. Go to holy Island at Lindisfarne (Done it!)
10. Go on Northern Cross

If you don’t know, Northern Cross is a pilgrimage ending up on Holy Island at Lindisfarne for the Easter Weekend. People walk legs of the route to ultimately get to the island. It was originally Student Cross, and my friend’s parents were involved in the original idea, and its development over the years. My friend is running one of the legs this year, and is involved in some capacity every year.

Prefect of the Papal Household, Principal Private Secretary to the Pope, Titular Archbishop of Urbs Salvia…

..he will type with his hands, file with his feet, and have his lunch through an intravenous drip! After that he’ll do a tap dance routine, and walk on his hands! This multi-role existence (the secretary and the Prefect are usually two different people) is the new life of Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who was ordained bishop by the Pope, and in front of at least two of his brothers (who I identified on the internet film I saw), and I think his sisters were there too, and one of his nieces, on January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany (when the Three Kings visited the Holy Family). He is now the holder of the illustrious titles listed above. He is now responsible for organising all of the pope’s public and private audiences, regardless of status or size, most large Vatican events, and HH’s travel in Rome and around Italy. He still continues as the Pope’s principal secretary. A titiular archbishop is one with no actual diocese, just the title. The location is actually an archeological park. Many congratulations to His Excellency the Archbishop. I do worry that he will have far to much to do for one person, but there are other people for him to work with so I’m sure he will be perfecting the art of delegation if needed! 😀

Happy New YEar!

It’s taken me forever to get back on here, but I’ve made it eventually! 2013 has started and is passing me by very quickly. It already feels we’ve been back at school for 2 weeks but we haven’t. We’ve only been back one! I hope everyone enjoyed the festival season. Many of my colleagues (myself included) feel more tired than ever, but I don’t drink alcohol so I can’t put anything down to overindulgence there. I may have eaten too much though! 😀