Changing Jobs

So for the past few months, I’ve been looking for another job. All my spare energy, what little I have, was focused on finding another job. In the end I did find one, after many selection criteria and an interview. The process was a good way to find out what I wanted to do, and where I wanted to work.

Reflecting on what skills I had, and what skills I wanted, was another great opportunity for me. But the process of writing applications, sending them off, was so time consuming. I’d get home from work, cook dinner with my partner and child, then hop on and apply, and apply and then apply some more. Do some housework and then apply some more.

But I’m now moving into a new role, working for a specialist library that supports Languages and Multicultural resource provision. It’s so exciting, and a jump back into a field that I’ve enjoyed working in – Education and Training.

But the flip side is leaving so many new friends I’ve made over the 17 months I’ve worked in my now old job (today was my last day, so I’m on the reflective side). I’ve made plans to catch up with some next week and in the following weeks, and I hope that the friendships will live far longer than my time working at the old job.

So stay tuned as I boldly go, where no me has gone before.


India cutbacks proposed plans for Nuclear Power plants

India Slashes Plans for New Nuclear Reactors by Two-Thirds, April 11, 2018 The Energy Collective, The Financial Express, one of India’s major newspapers, reports that the Narendra Modi government, which had set the ambitious 63,000 MW nuclear power capacity addition target by the year 2031-32, has cut it to 22,480 MW, or by roughly two thirds. …….. The drastic […]

via India cuts back drastically on new nuclear power plans (bad outlook for uranium exports?) — Antinuclear

Chris Evans

I adore Captain America’s qualities of resilience, good manners, and the strength of character to do what you know is right. So here’s the next installment in the debate of the Chris….

via The Great Chris Debate! Part 2: Chris Evans

It’s Time To Do What Is Right — All It Takes Is A Little Love

He’s a sweet child, innocent and earnest with a bit of Tom Sawyer mixed in. He works hard and is able to manipulate numbers with the best of them, but when in comes to the questions on the STAAR test he sometimes gets befuddled. He wants to be like his dad whom he adores, a […]

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Watch “Journey’s End” – Trailer – DVD out 4th June

Lest we forget – in honour of our day of Remembrance – for all those who have served and are serving.

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Based on RC Sherriff’s play and novel of the same name Journey’s End is set in March 1918 as C-Company, led by a war-weary Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin) arrives in northern France to take its turn in the front-line trenches. Told that a German offensive is imminent Stanhope drowns his fears in whisky whilst the officers (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge) and their cook (Toby Jones) attempt to distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and life before war. They are joined by Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), a young new officer fresh out of training excited about his first real posting, and a chance to serve under Stanhope. Raleigh’s naivety serves as a stark contrast to the other men’s impending fear as the tension rises and the attack draws ever closer.

With an all-star British cast featuring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games franchise), Asa Butterfield (The Space Between…

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Chris Pratt

I loved Chris Pratt in Guardians and the Lego Movie…another part to the great Chris debate….

via The Great Chris Debate: In Praise of Chris Pratt

My collaborative experience: the benefits are already emerging!

Why a collaborative approach to teaching information literacy is vital to expanding the minds of the future.

Information Literacy Spaces

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Information literacy is a crucial skill set that by its very nature demands our attention as teachers. That is why the Information Literacy Spaces project is a ground-breaking, and an immediately relevant project to be part of. As a classroom English teacher, the project provides the school librarian and I with the opportunity to collaboratively build on and deepen our skills in this area, to ensure my students leave the classroom at the end of the year with the strongest information literacy skill set possible.

At Kerikeri High School, I am working in partnership with our librarian Julia Smith. Julia holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Library Studies, and carries an amazing information literacy skill set that turns me green with envy. I would note that without this project her skills would have remained largely invisible to my colleagues and I. She is also dynamic and approachable. We are collaboratively teaching…

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