My Meerkat Poem

Tall and proud, they stand

Guarding their sacred land

Brown and tan with tails so stiff

They always get into mischief.

The family tribe must come first

As they fight against their thirst

Nothing is as majestic to look at

Than the common and beautiful MEERKAT.


365 Day Photography Challenge- Day 30- Hard Work

Today was the first day of classes. It went well I think. I met my yr 7 class and they were pretty good so no complaints there. Though my day today was extremely long.

I got up at 6:15am and was working by 7:10am. I had all day at school, which the final bell goes at 3:05pm. I then had a welfare meeting which ended at 4:00pm, then went home to run, from 4:20pm-5:20pm, then went to tutoring from 6:00pm-7:00pm. I got home finally at 7:30pm and cooked dinner, which leads me to now, 8:20pm. It has been a hell of a day. Tomorrow I have a full day of teaching so it’s safe to say I’ll be buggered come tomorrow night.

The photo is of my trip home, the sun setting, the day over.

Ah school, there’s no time to breathe, and no time to ease in. It’s the deep end and swim or drown.

Here’s to bed.

365 Day Photography Challenge- Day 29- Sunday Afternoons


Sunday afternoons are my most hated time of the week. I have to leave my partner and know that we won’t see each other for most of the week and also, it’s the night before school. I always sleep the worst on Sunday nights and I always hate knowing that I have to go to work tomorrow.

I love my job. I love teaching, I love the kids and I love my colleagues, but teaching is one of the hardest jobs you can do. I think I still have some negative attitudes towards Sunday nights because of my horrible first year teaching experience, which was at a different school. I dreaded going to school then, I don’t now, I love seeing my friends at school and working hard, and helping the kids, but still, I know how stressful it is.

School means 10-13 hour days, every day, having a million things to do and no time to do them, taking on extra responsibilities as well as just trying to teach your classes, pressure for good results, and constant scrutiny from the public.

So can you blame me for savouring my weekends and disliking Sunday nights?

365 Day Photography Challenge- Day 28


Sorry for the delay of this post but not a lot happened yesterday. After my first day back at school on Friday I was exhausted. I slept in, watched some DVDs with my partner and went for a run to the shop to get groceries.

It wasn’t a bad day just a slow one. Today I have to return to the world of my family and house. I need to get some school work done as the kids come back tomorrow.

Hope you had a nice relaxing Saturday too.

I’ll post later with today’s picture.

365 Day Photography Challenge- Day 27


First day back at work is never as bad as you think it’s going to be. It was nice seeing everyone again. There are a lot of teachers at my school that I consider real friends, not just colleagues and I’m very lucky to be able to say that.

I didn’t run today which depressed me a lot but my body was just exhausted from lack of sleep, work, continuous training for the last 15 days straight. I couldn’t do it. Tomorrow I will be. No matter how much it hurts.

I’m watching some tennis now while my partner goes to sleep. Tennis relaxes me and I am a Djokovic fan so I need to see him get through. Murray is playing great tennis right now though so it’s not a definite for Djokovic. Here’s hoping.

Now it’s just dealing with going back next week to all those teenagers.

365 Day Photography Challenge- Day 26- Dreading It

So it was the last day of holidays today and I spent it listening to the Hottest 100 with my partner, running, and dinner with Jays at Hithai + checking the end of the Hottest 100.

The last day of holidays is filled with many horrible emotions. Mainly for me it is depression, anxiety, anger, sadness, frustration, and exhaustion. I know it is going to be a year of stress ahead of me and the thought of it just makes my heart sink. Don’t get me wrong, I love teaching, but it is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. There is a lot more to it than going into a classroom and “babysitting” a bunch of teenagers for 75 mins.

Taking on a new role in the school this year is sure only to add to my stress, but I wanted to do it and I fought for it, and I am truly interested in student welfare so it is a fantastic opportunity, but like all new jobs, or undertakings, its scary and you don’t know what you’re doing at first. Luckily I have some amazing year advisors ahead of me who will be a fantastic help to me. So grateful.

Well I should go to bed and try to sleep, though it will be a sleepless night, I can tell you that. Just holding on to the thought that after tomorrow it’s the weekend.

365 Day Photography Challenge- Day 25- A Wet One

Drowned rat today. We went for our run in the rain and this wasn’t even half way through and Rambo is soaked. You can only imagine what I looked like. I just feel like if you start making excuses “Oh I can’t go running today it’s raining”, “it’s too hot”, they’ll just keep coming and then you’ll never commit so off we went. Still did 5.2kms in the pouring rain.

Tomorrow is my last day of freedom and it’s nice to say I finished my year 7 unit for term one and I’ve started rewriting my year 9 unit. The worst part about going back to school is sleeping on my own in my own bed again. I hate that more than anything, oh and the getting up at 6 am every day. Ah the life of a teacher, who calls us bludgers? 9-3 job did you say? I wish.

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