A work colleague and I got our act together to make soup for some of our amazing school staff - just in time for the announcement that we're going back!
It's fair to say our teachers have excelled at the near impossible task of planning, delivering, responding to and assessing work for their classes remotely.
It's been impressive to see the lessons go up each week and to read the detailed feedback to students provided with each assessment.
So the least I could do is cook nearly 24 litres of 'Hearty Chicken and Corn Chowder' for Horsham College staff working from home with young families.
At my house there's been a mixed reaction to the news that school is going back.
My Year 12 scholar will be full time from May 26th , while my Year 10 daughter will need to be at school for part of each day for her VCE subjects and my Year 8 student has two weeks extra remote learning until June the 9th.
From here, it's kind of like planning for the upcoming first day of a whole different school year - but brand new.
I've already been shopping for underwear and longer pants for my three girls, but there is talk of haircuts in the air - is that allowed?
I'm horrified at the idea of school lunchbox items being required again as I've loved feeling like a picture-perfect mother standing proudly beside my lemon yoghurt cake at 10.40am recess and ramping up the electric grill for toasted ham, cheese and tomato at 12.50pm.
I've also heard the, "There's nothing to eat!" line more times than I'd like.
I've also heard the, "There's nothing to eat!" line more times than I'd like
Knowing more about where everyone is at in humanities, math and history, and what they're up to in science is important. The thrill of reading over an English Literature piece or two has been an honour.
Also though, I'm worn out by the energy zapping empathy required to keep on the same page moment by moment as my three teenage girls on their emotional roller coasters.
It's been upsetting and uncomfortable when under the pressure of 'working from home' I've been unable to help my daughters when they needed me.
Most of all, it's hard to know what to do when you have a child who would prefer that school never go back.
And yet, the help of skilled teachers has often and openly been missed at home.
Thank you for your professionalism.
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