Saturday 30 May 2015


No Bike ride this morning. Instead I am filling in job application forms for submission tomorrow. They are enormous! A huge amount of information is requested and I need to make sure I include all the necessary buzzwords amongst my waffle. In Scotland, on completion of a teaching course you are eligible for a probationer teaching position which is basically a job for a year with support from an assigned mentor at the school. Sometimes you're lucky and the school you are in has a vacancy when you complete your probationary year, Usually though there isn't one so it's a very competitive job market at this time of year. There are so many different types of teaching contracts too. Most are temporary. At this stage I'd be delighted to end up with a teaching position of another year at a school not too far away. Failing that, there is supply teaching, both have their positives and negatives. I feel I'd rather have my own class for the year though and be able to get to know the children as I think that makes life a lot easier. We'll see what happens. Anyway, it's all on top of a busy week at school with two parents evenings added to the usual mayhem. I'm looking forward to the school holdays starting in four weeks time!

I'm procrastinating somewhat by blogging first. I wanted to make sure I posted the photos from our village and woodland walk which was two weekends ago. The bluebells were just starting to flower. They're still flowering now as May has been a cold month so nature is taking her time. That's actually fine by me as May is my favourite month of the year and I feel it has gone by far too quickly for my liking and I appreciate the opportunity of a little extra time to enjoy what May usually has to offer.

Before I finish, I'd just like to thank those who commented on my previous post. I very much appreciate every word that was written. I have been visiting your blogs but in the main I've not had the time to comment properly, I hope to do so sometime soon.

  Enjoy your weekend!


Irene Donovan said...

good luck with the job applications! I know exactly what you mean by having your own class, it is like having a large family and much more satisfying!

CJ said...

Gorgeous photos, it's such a beautiful time of year isn't it. Good luck with the job applications, it's not easy these days is it. I do hope you find something close to home. Wishing you a good weekend. CJ xx

Linda said...

Good luck, it's a lot of work to negotiate these forms. I am sometimes on the receiving end of applications and I always feel for the applicants negotiating their way through different requirements at every potential employer.
You're right, the advantage of our cold spring is that the blossom has been with us longer.

Amy at love made my home said...

So lovely to have gone along with you and seen the beautiful bluebells!!! They are gorgeous. I hope that the job applications go well and that you have lots of offers! How great would that be! I do hope that you get one that you really want and have a great start to your teaching career! xx

Jennifer Hays said...

What a beautiful walk. I think blogging is a great way to procrastinate, personally. I wish you all the best with your job application. I think it's a great plan for teachers there, to have a year of paid work while still being mentored. I used to be a teacher myself, here in the US, and my first year of teaching felt like a baptism by fire, frankly. I would have loved to have that kind of support. I hope all works out well for you. Have a good weekend.

blueskyscotland said...

Great to see that first flush of green leaves when the world appears to be fresh and new born. The essence of springtime.

driftwood said...

good luck with the job applications. x
your bluebells are just gorgeous, I'm glad you posted them x

Simone said...

As ever, beautiful photos. You do live in a wonderful part of the World and I would be sad if your country broke away from mine :(
Best of luck with the job application. I hope you get the type of work that you want.

Mrs. Micawber said...

It all looks so green and lush and fresh. Our May has alternated between occasional very warm days and rather more cool days than we would like, but I feel as you do that it's all going by too quickly so I try not to mind the chill!

Good luck with your applications, and I hope you were able to fit in the requisite number of buzzwords. (Ugh.) :)

Anonymous said...

Wishing you the very best of luck in the job hunting.

I have enjoyed this May because of the coolness which made my trip to Argyll even better because the Bluebells were everywhere - miles and miles and miles of them, a delight to behold


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