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The New Term

Susan is off to a 'new' job. Heading off to a new job can raise a whole series of questions... and not often about teaching

So this is my first new job (ignoring supply work this last year) for over ten years. With that comes the nerves of the first day back at school, just like a child.

Now I have spent the interview day, and a taster day at the school but it doesn’t really prepare you for actually being a member of staff. You have no friends in a new job, no one to chat to on that first coffee morning or before staff meetings. Of course you will be nervous.

Hopefully there will be those friendly members of staff who see you look lost and come and say hello, or the nosey ones who need to know who you are what you are teaching. There are of course the other new staff that you can latch onto and become the ‘newbies’ together. I shall await to see which of these groups befriends me. Also will the head teacher be one of those who makes new staff stand up and introduce themselves to everyone, make sure you have an interesting fact about yourself just in case.

So with a week to go I have read the contracts, the school info they give you, added school dates to my calendar and started sorting my school bag out. We are one of the schools who are back on the 1st September and pupils in on the 2nd so straight back to the grind stone, but only 8 weeks until half term!

Susan is an experienced secondary teacher who has worked as a supply teacher with our Chelmsford branch.

Tags: SusanW, Chelmsford, Secondary

Category: Australian Teachers

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