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26 06 2010

My secondment!

It’s back to school in August with a primary two class and as I’ve had little experience in infants this is going to be a great opportunity, although nerve wracking as well!   Going in to meet my class and watch the school show in the last week or so has made me really excited about going back and getting to develop all the things (well maybe not all…at least not in the first term anyway) I’ve been learning about over the last two years.

It’s been an absolute blast working at the advisory and there are a lot of people and aspects of the job that I will really miss. Not seeing the three other girls that started at the same time as me every day is going to be strange and will take a long time to get used to as we all got on together so well personally and professionally.

Although I had been developing confidence before going on secondment this opportunity increased it and my professional development way beyond what I thought I was capable of…bringing me to my latest adventure which I am sure two years ago I would never have dreamed of doing.

Next Monday I will be going off to India and Nepal MYSELF for 4 1/2 weeks! I’ll only have about eight days total by myself as I’m joining an imaginative traveller group tour and then joining another group for a climb. I will hopefully ascend stok kangri, India’s highest mountain, in the Himalayas and at 6150m and over 20,000 feet it is higher than last years kiliminjaro climb. Like kiminjaro it is not really a technical climb although we do cross an ice field using ice axes and crampons one day and my mum pointed out that it looked like there were some scary ridges!

The bit that worries me about going solo is not the days when I’m by myself but rather the time in the groups, in case it’s all couples or something like that. And I don’t mind sharing a hotel room with a stranger for that two week trip but I’m slightly more apprehensive about sharing a potentially very small tent with someone while climbing!

Still, I feel like this is a really important thing for me to be able to prove to myself I can do. Now it’s just a case of trying to juggle the amount of kit I need to climb with the space I need for all of the things I will inevitably buy!

Help required!

9 06 2010

On Saturday myself and four other teachers from East Kilbride will be attempting to complete the Caledonian Challenge – 54 miles in 24 hrs or less on the West Highland Way.  That’s two full marathons in distance and more up ands downs than two ascents and descents of Ben Nevis.

If you would like to support us then we have a sponsorship page here:


The sponsorship money goes towards the Scottish Community Foundation, which supports children and young families in Scottish communities.

Any donations are very gratefully received and if you want to provide some moral support on the day then text, facebook, twitter, email messages or blog comments  between 9am on Sat and hopefully about 5am on Sun would be great!