Monday, June 6, 2011

Queen's Birthday

After IELTS marking, we packed up the car and headed up to Hampden.  The weather isn't all that great this weekend but we did manage a walk around the township before retiring indoors for the rest of the weekend. Nan bought herself a bitchin 42 inch flat screen plasma to keep her company over the winter. She has a subscription to the Sky Rugby channel which she can watch in HD. Anyway we spent a large proportion of the weekend eating too much and doing too little. Anyway today is Monday and we are heading back after lunch. I have quite a bit of lesson planning to do for the coming week. Luckily I don't have to prepare for any UMAT for the next couple of weeks so my evenings won't be too busy. My biggest problem is figuring out whether to base my 95th rifles instandard formation or in extended skirmishing order. I am leaning towards one standard battalion AND one in open skirming order jsut to be on the safe side.


  1. With all the admin work you do, you still find time to teach? How many hours a week do you teach? How large is your teaching staff at this point? How big are your classes, and how many classes are there daily and weekly?

  2. WE run four teachers normally with an expansion up to six on busy periods.We have one full time admin staff member but we used to have two because Kelly left to look after her new baby. We have four classrooms and the class sizes range from 6-8 depending on the time of year. I have quite a few nurses who pay for 6 month courses and then change to working visas once they pass their IELTS exams. THis means that they pay for 6 months even if they don't actually use it. I teach up to 30 hours a week if you add all of the after school classes and UMAT. This is not such a big deal because the admin is handled really well by Ginny (the office manager) and all of the teacher stuff can be handled by just informal meetings at lunchtime. We do after school classes , a TESOL course, UMAT and school holiday classes so the school gets pretty good usage. Now that numbers are pretty predictable, we are focused more on growing than just staying alive. I will post a few photos of the school to let you have a look. Anyway catch you later!!