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General Chat Thread, This ash cloud - staff absences in General; We have 17 teaching staff missing and 3+ support staff (1 IT Tech). The principal, vice principal and one assistant ...
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    We have 17 teaching staff missing and 3+ support staff (1 IT Tech). The principal, vice principal and one assistant principal are all stuck. Both head and deputy of sixth form missing (one in Oz, other in Brazil).

    Some staff are already saying it will be at least a week before they get back.

    Took on 7 cover staff today. Also had my media Tech poached for cover (he's doing GTP from Sept) which means I'm down to just 2 out of 5 staff.

    Kids have started to take advantage already .......

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    Quote Originally Posted by rad View Post
    So how many staff are not in on day 1?

    We currently have 20 out, and they are considering not running year 7 or 8 classes this week
    I can't wait to ask them, "did you have a nice break?"


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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    No-one on support staff seems to be paid enough for multiple forign holidays per year.
    Couldn't agree more with that one, we are 2 teachers down with a due date of after the bank holiday weekend (so that's early May), heads PA and Site Manager so not too bad thankfully!

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    Couldn't agree more with that one, we are 2 teachers down with a due date of after the bank holiday weekend (so that's early May), heads PA and Site Manager so not too bad thankfully!
    And it's getting worse again, apparently...

    BBC News - New volcano ash cloud prompts fresh flight doubts

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    ...currently stuck in Sri Lanka...:-(

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    3 or 4 here. 2 stuck in greece together (they are a couple!) one of the kids is stuck in australia with no flight till end of the month!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSapseid View Post
    2 stuck in greece together
    Ok now I have some odd mental images

    Oh wait you said Greece.. not Grease..

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    3 here - not bad looking at some of the other posts

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    Some of our kids are from Hong Kong; Cathay Pacific have advised that the earliest flight they can expect to get on is 7th May. These kids will have oral exams starting next week, and the 1st Physics paper is 11th May. Ohhh dear...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    Some of our kids are from Hong Kong; Cathay Pacific have advised that the earliest flight they can expect to get on is 7th May. These kids will have oral exams starting next week, and the 1st Physics paper is 11th May. Ohhh dear...
    I imagine the big independents will be amongst the worst hit for this... all those international boarding pupils who went home for the long Easter holiday and wealthier parents who fly off to Dubai for the break. It seems very quiet round Tonbridge School this week
    Last edited by elsiegee40; 20th April 2010 at 09:36 AM.

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