Chai And A Chat #161 #ChaiAndAChat

Well, hello there, Peeps! How are you? I may sound full of beans, but they aren’t highly caffeinated, if that is the case, so energy is still pretty low, but…

Are you ready with your drink?

  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that school is still here… I have to admit, there were moments I thought we weren’t going to manage, but with a couple of our SEND pupils off sick, it made the classroom a much calmer place. Never in a million years, would I wish ill on anyone, especially a child, but this really highlighted how much of a difference having these children in our provision makes. The average child was granted so much more attention, and I was able to jump in and do some spur of the moment interventions with some of the children who really need them. There has been staffing ups and downs across the school, too, which means that adult wise, we were robbing Peter to pay Paul, adult wise. Not easy, but we coped. I wasn’t in on the Friday, but couldn’t help keeping an eye on what was happening, as it was Children in Need, and the children were dressing up. Had I been in, I would have been dressing up as Pudsey, as per usual! The next thing now, is trying to decide what we are doing as a Nativity! I do love Christmas at school!
  • If we were having chai I’d mention another thing, school related. Apparently we have a ghost! The building is over 200 years old, built in Victorian times, and there has been sightings of a white figure, but a few people, over the years. The part of the school we are based in is the original building, and below, in the basement, there is even an original Victorian stove! But, back to last week. My nursery teacher was in the Nursery at lunchtime, and he heard a funny noise from the small storage cupboard we have there, which has a staircase leading to the basement level. He heard knocking! And when he asked a ‘spirit’ to show a sign they were there, something fell down! Eek! And another member of staff was in the toilet, and someone knocked on the door. She hurried and opened the door, and no one was there! Double Eek!
  • If we were having chai I’d say that, aside from school we had a special week, at home, as it was our twentieth anniversary. This was the reason for my day off on Friday. We celebrated with a lovely meal, and exchanged wonderful gifts, too. I got a specially commissioned piece of art for us, and he got me a car! (Along with flowers, and chanpagne for me, and a coffee machine for him!)
  • If we were having chai I’d update you on Project House. The handyman was in, again. Blinds are all done. Yay! Amazon failed witha deliver of a curtain pole and bathroom heater, so that will be next week. Security cameras done. So pretty successful, I’d say!
  • If we were having chai I’d also tell you that Pops had an operation on Thursday, too, for a very severe hernia. He will need another op after this, but thankfully the first appears to have been successful. We also had a funeral within the family on Friday, (not in this country) so there was a lot of emotion, up and down, all through the week…
  • If we were having chai I’d say that I found a new yummy treat from the makers of Jaffa Cake… Jaffa Cake Donuts, or Jonuts!
  • If we were having chai I’d share with you that Sonu Singh has been unhappy with us, for cutting his food down a little, but it’s for his own good! However, he still wakes us early, to miaow for his brekkie!
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Reflecting the slightly greying hair, now, with an updated Bitmoji!

This week will be a little busy, with one member of staff isolating. I am lucky to have such a great team, and they have all already got set to chip in, to ensure the children have the least disruption to their week! We also have a twilight, which is when we have to stay until 6pm for training, on one evening. And Sonu is having his heart check, today (Monday) so we are a little nervous… Other than that, life is pretty much the same as usual… And I’ll be back on Monday to let you know!

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43 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennie
    Nov 25, 2021 @ 01:56:58

    A ghost! How cool. Is there any history on the building to give an idea where the ghost may have come from? I’m so glad you have had time to spend with your other students. I would never wish a child ill, yet I know what you mean.

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  2. robbiesinspiration
    Nov 24, 2021 @ 18:10:49

    HI Ritu, I hope that your Pops is healing well and has little pain. Sonu will have had the tests – do you have results yet? Enjoy the rest of your week.

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  3. Leanne
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 04:53:41

    Congratulations on 20 years and counting! Sounds like you were a champion of a busy week.

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  4. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 19:38:57

    I am feeling sorry for the ill kids too, but so you have more time for all the others, Sis!
    Wonderful story about the haunted school. Maybe a pupil from the Victorian time, want also to be educated by you. 😉 A good title for a new book “Ritu and the haunted school – Rituations #1”. :-)) A teacher really has no easy life, but take it as a good challenge. Best wishes, Michael

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  5. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 19:35:14

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  6. Erika
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 19:01:52

    Of course, I am sorry for the ill kids but still glad for you that you had somewhat of relaxation past week. Wow, a ghostly companion. First I thought, ooooh, creepy, but then… hmm… it depends on how it makes you feel. It doesn’t need to be scary at all. However, that’s really special.

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  7. Rehoboth Organic Farms
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 16:36:34

    Super… nice to read that 👍

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  8. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 13:29:34

    How interesting about the ghosts in your school building. Otherwise it sounds like you had a good and busy week. ❤️❤️❤️

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  9. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 09:58:15

    Keeping your Pops in the light. Sending Sonu peace. Celebrating a new week of new joys with and for you!!

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  10. Books & Bonsai
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 09:41:54

    A lovely post, Ritu… and I love the new Jonuts!

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  11. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 07:51:18

    Hi Ritu. Hope your dad will be well soon. And a ghost at school! Scary!

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  12. CarolCooks2
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 07:25:25

    You are a busy bee…do you get extra help in the classroom if you have SEND Children? I would think you should 🙂

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  13. NeverSilenceTheMadness
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 05:52:45

    you’re amazing, I wish I had that much stuff going on in my life lol … I don’t have that much to talk about

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  14. floridaborne
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 05:47:15

    I’m curious. What do the letters “SEND” stand for?

    Just wondering because I work with people who have severe disabilities.

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