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We were talking about the lottery and I said I had little in the way of luck. Her reply was that I was very lucky, I got her, she on the other hand only got me..................   grrr one of these days my girl...

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Congratulations Lizzie, 44 years eh ! and you only get 14 for murder. Its our 54th this year. Had our Golden at Thoresby hall in 2015 and we planted a pear tree (Golden Pear), in celebration. Tina has a cousin who lives a few doors down from where Chulla lived and she often goes to Thoresby for coffee, so she nips into the garden to check on our tree. Our name is still on it. I'll have a drink to you today, Cheers!  Barrie. xx

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After washing the car,strimmering my bit of meadow over the back garden fence and having a nice eight mile trike ride I am now chillin in the back garden in 30.4 degrees of lovely sunshine

 

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I'll hand over the Husband Award i got off Catfan Rog...congrats!!

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Trike in front of the village pond,only two hundred yards to go til I get home and a well earned coffee

 

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Great day today,had a bus pass trip from Newark to Retford taking in most of the villages in between,some lovely little villages out here,Muskham,Tuxford Bathley,Little Carlton etc,anyway gets to Retford for  eleven  and went to the Imperial cafe in the market place,veggie breakfast and tea for Mrs P and English breakfast and coffee for me twenty quid nice one,walk round the market picked up some wild bird food,Mrs P got some fresh fruit all at good prices,I think the markets should be used more for fresh fruit and veg,non of these uniformed sized veg like you get in the supermarkets,all sizes and shapes but tastes the same if not better,anyroad caught the bus back to Newark at two o clock,nice couple of hours walk round and an hour each way on the bus all for nowt,cheap day out,get out the bus pass and travel the county

 

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I have done my first week of exam invigilating, I was supposed to be off from today until Tuesday but they rang me yesterday and asked me to do an exam this afternoon, only for an hour so I said yes, wasn’t doing anything until later. It has been quite an experience, especially being called “Miss”!

 

I didn’t realise just how much noise school kids generate, they are standing next to each other but still shout at the top of their voices (I am sure we didn’t make that much noise when we were that age). Also just how tall most of them are, from what I can remember most of the boys in my year were quite small and weedy with the odd exception, the girls were taller, but it was a very long time ago so I might have it wrong. 

 

The invigilating over a room full of kids taking exams is quite boring, just sitting with nothing really to do. I am usually on bag locking away and escorting to toilet duties as I am not the senior invigilator only being partially trained on this. I won’t be doing much of this thankfully as I am a scribe so I do one to ones, reading or writing or doing both for the person taking the exam.

 

I now have a young man who I will be with through all of his exams. The first exam was a bit rocky at first, but we seemed to make a connection later on. (Had to read an extract from a Shakespeare play, I hated those at school, not the easiest thing to read.) On the second exam when I collected him I did the “eyes” thing, pointing at mine and then at his and actually got a smile out of him, this broke the ice with him and he was more relaxed with me and also me with him. It isn’t easy to sit there when they are struggling with a question, you get the urge to help but obviously you can’t. 

 

I wasn’t sure about doing it but I must say I have enjoyed it so far (apart from trying to find the exam room, the place is like a rabbit warren). I just hope I can get him through all of his exams with as little stress (to both of us) as possible. I must say my hat goes off to teachers from what I have seen so far, not a job I would like to have done.

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Good on ya SG., more power to your elbow. I signed on as an invigilator at our local 6th form school. Like you I was doing escorting, fetching pens tissues etc. Was told all I had to do was keep an eye open for anything untoward. If I got restless I would walk up and down the rows of desks. Felt a bit like a warden. Did it for two weeks about 5/6 years ago but never been asked since ! Kept getting blank cheques from East Sussex County Council every month emailed to me until I changed my email address. Don't know if I'm still on the books as I've been unable to get onto their website. Beekay.

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1 hour ago, Stavertongirl said:

especially being called “Miss”!

 

 

In  an invigilating situation I suppose you need to maintain that level of formality and 'Miss' saves messing about with surnames etc... Unless you're a bloke, when Sir is probably better.. (mostly..  ;) )

 

When I worked in schools I wanted the students to understand my role as being a bit different to teachers, so I told them I'd respond to Colin or Mr B*********, but not to 'Oi you!'.  Seemed to work well.  And in the Special School  where I worked almost until  I retired it wasn't unusual for some of the more extrovert kids to 'high five' me or even offer a quick handshake if we met on corridors. I made it my business to get to know them all by first name too and tried to do a fair bit of my work informally, by chating to them at brewak times etc. But they were all 'barmy' in the nicest sense of the word... Some real characters.

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The lad I am invigilating for does have issues, but then who doesn’t. Just letting him go at his own pace, stopping the clock and letting him have a break if he wants to, been told all about his various pets (he almost has a zoo!). He is taking a lot of exams, more than I can remember taking at that age (but then I am fairly old so could be wrong), so he is obviously stressed out and I am trying to lessen that if at all possible within the rules of course. It isn’t an easy balance trying to be friendly but being in charge at the same time, don’t want to be his best friend but want to make him feel comfortable.

 

Must say it was nice to sshhhh kids being let out of exam while others were taking a longer one. They actually did with a “Sorry Miss”, a pleasing moment of power:biggrin:

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I worked with hearing-impaired students for 3 decades and, in the early years, I remember accompanying one of the profoundly deaf students as they took their C.S.E. Science exam in a separate room.  I signed the questions to them, then the multiple choice answers, and they ticked the answer they wanted.  It was quite difficult sometimes, as the signs can give clues to the meaning of certain scientific words which they were being tested on!    Other times I was used as a 'reader' for special needs children (not hearing-impaired) in certain exams.  In both cases there was someone else in the room invigilating both of us....lol

Lastly, I was once an 'ordinary' invigilator for G.C.S.E. (to make up the numbers when someone didn't turn up) but didn't like that as much.... 

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Never heard of this help before in schools but what a good thing. Don't think they do it here, I shall have to ask because here if children don't pass their exam for the end of year they have to do the exam again which puts them a year  behind. Not a good thing for children who aren't confident.

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Lizzie many congratulations on your 44 yrs . Doesn't time fly when you're having fun. I can't believe we've just had our 49 th.

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Congrats to both couples from me.  It's 47 years here.  :rolleyes:

 

Nonna, keeping pupils down for a year does happen here but it's not general policy as far as I know.  It's sometimes called 'back classing'  I think it's usually done when some factor such as illness, late admission etc., has hampered progress.

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Its my 52nd next month, and she still understands me and puts up with me.

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I was 'back classed'  at the age of 15. I believe the ruling had sometime previously changed regarding ages for admission to senior school, depending upon ones birthday.  As my birthday is Aug 23rd, I should have been in the year below. Therefore I had to endure another painful, tortuous and wasted year at Forest Fields ! 

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You have my deepest sympathy for having to go through that Fly,possibly my worst nightmare

 

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25 minutes ago, FLY2 said:

As my birthday is Aug 23rd,

 My birthday is Aug 25th. Technically I left school at 14 due to the date. It really pleased my Mam because I got a job the following week but peed me off big time. I had to go to 'night school' for further qualifications and had to wait because I was to young to enrol!... Still not sure it was worth it....  

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Same here. I was so devastated that I blew all my O levels, and left with nothing, except contempt despite my extra years 'education'.

 

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You done alright going to the university of life Fly

 

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I tried night school for O levels, and a couple of other things, but other than taking my ONC in Business Studies at Clarendon, I gave up.

With starting work, I wanted to be out enjoying myself.

Qualifications aren't all they're cracked up to be. I know people with pockets full of O's and A's, and are virtually unemployable.

A friend of mine in the 60's was almost a professional student, amassing a ridiculous amount of qualifications, and never had a proper job till he was over 30, and ended up working at the British Railways Goods Depot in the warehouse. 

A girl in my class was outstanding, and by 20, had amassed 12 O's and 5 A's. Three years later, she was living up Bestwood Park, with three toddlers around her ankles !

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Yes Rog, the Uni of life & hard knocks. Wouldn't have missed it for the world, and would still do the same today. 

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Same here Fly,school of hard knocks and disappointments, set me up for life,could have done without the education bit between the ages of five to sixteen though

 

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Waiter, one day was enough. Caravan site at Ingoldmells, three weeks. Trainee accountant, two years, Research & Development Accounts, two years. Installing telephone equipment, two years. Production Clerk, 1 year. Mr Softee Ice Cream salesman, 7 months. Labourer at Nottingham Patent Brick, 4 months. Testing Electronic Telephone Exchange Equipment, 15 years. Fibre Optic Equipment testing for BT and Mercury, 12 years. Telephone refurbishment, few months. Fork lift truck driver, plastic moulding operator, van driver, 5 years.

Communications Stores, 2 years, asst transport manager 3 years. 

Thats about it. 49 years and loved most of it. Hard work will always be rewarded, and most gave me great job satisfaction. Most were well paid too. 28 years at Plessey were just unbelievably well paid. 

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53 minutes ago, FLY2 said:

I was 'back classed'  at the age of 15. I believe the ruling had sometime previously changed regarding ages for admission to senior school, depending upon ones birthday.  As my birthday is Aug 23rd, I should have been in the year below. Therefore I had to endure another painful, tortuous and wasted year at Forest Fields ! 

 

Same birthday as my husband 76 next birthday. My eldest grandson was kept back a year so is the eldest in his class and now his parents are beginning to worry that once again he will be kept back a year. He doesn't like studying and nothing can encourage him to study. His brother is the opposite he just gets on with it. Mind you I can't blame Steven (the eldest) as they have loads and loads of homework its a wonder they have time to be children and teenagers. Granddaughter is in fairy land. She needs quite a lot of help and easily gets distracted from her studies. Her mum has to keep checking her homework for her.

I agree with the comments about education. One of my nieces studied languages and wanted to go into something using them but couldn't find work so she studied again and became a nurse.She works in the radiology dept at the hospital and often gives lectures and talks about her dept and job. Another niece studied languages including Mandarin Chinese.and ended up working for Damiani jewellery. 

A cousin in Sicily is a lawyer but can't find a job. So in the end you have to live and you take what's on offer and frequently make a good job of your second choice.

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