My word - I can't believe it has been so long since I looked at this!!! I'm afraid I didn't take my camera to Florida - I know, shocking - so I have no pictures to share!! No doubt my news is now out there that I am moving to the Isle of Wight at the end of July. If you hadn't received the email - then here it is!!!
After much thought, prayer and deliberation I came to the conclusion that I really need to focus my energies on teaching. I have found the split focus of teaching and Eden difficult to manage. So I have taken the brave decision to leave Eden and focus on my teaching for a while. It was quite remarkable how the job that I am moving to came about:
See job advertised and really like look of it - tis on Isle of Wight - slightly random (do have a friend there). Ring them and a couple of friends to talk the idea through.
Call school and request application - closing date is Friday - it better be quick!
Get home from work to find no application - print one off from on line - write application without person spec. and hope for the best - only takes hour to complete - manage to get application posted off first class from main post office in Manchester.
Call the school that morning to say that my application is on its way, they ask me a few key questions and sound very keen! Current headteacher interrupts my afternoon lesson looking somewhat bewildered. She has just received a phone call asking for references and requesting that I attend an interview tomorrow! Both Head and I in a state of shock - I can not for the life of me work out how I am supposed to get to the Isle of Wight by the next day! Find myself on train travelling down that evening - interview clothes and toothbrush in hand (well, small bag!!!)
Picked up from hotel by member of school staff. Meet the Head and Deputy - tour the school. The whole school then leaves on a sponsored walk - I am in the staff room waiting for my interivew that afternoon. People drop in to chat to me - don't know who they are but smile sweetly and talk anyway. Secretary takes me to Ryde so I can get some lunch. Receive phonecall from secretary to say that the other two applicants have pulled out - one got a job that morning, the other has changed their mind! It dawns on me that the likelihood of my getting the job has just significantly increased!!! Walk around in dazed state praying like mad!!! Get back to the school where I have to wait still!! Keep getting messages saying that they will be with me soon! The Head and Deputy return from the walk - covered in mud - we laugh together!!! Sit in Head's office where she says she isn't going to interview me - says she can't! They had had one of those days - it was chaotic in the best possible sense of the word! She goes on to say that my application was outstanding, my references were outstanding and that everyone who has met me today thinks that I am great and will fit in well. Am then offered a term's temporary contract, that will be made permanent if it all works out well. This is ideal for me as it is such a big move. I accept - relieved that I didn't have to be interviewed!!!
Phone call from friend on Isle of Wight - they have found me a house to rent which is well within my budget - wouldn't have to be tied in to a six month agreement as it is someone from their church. All sorted!!!!
It is crazy how it has come about and I would really appreciate your prayers. Life is going to be incredibly different to the life I currently have. My focus, the way things are done, the people that I am around, everything!! Eden is an intense experience so it is going to be strange to not be in that. There are a lot of goodbyes that need to be said and a lot of people still to be told - I really find it difficult to tell people around here! There are new friendships to be made, a new job to focus on (this will be the first time since I was ill last year that I have looked at teaching in the more conventional manner - I am so excited but a little aprehensive too), two houses to sort - things to move, I could go on!!! I am sure you can work it all out!!