A crazy place – #Writespiration: Week 19

Writespiration is a great challenge as it really gets my grey matter working. The challenge is to write something using the weekly theme, in just 52 words…. EXACTLY 52 words, no more, no less and it's harder than it sounds. This week Sacha wants to get to know us better so we have to pretend money is …

Today I’m a radical!

I wouldn't have thought I was a radical but recent events have made me question myself. I will admit that I'm passionate, I'm excitable, I'm enthusiastic, I'm a fighter and I'm determined. Today I'm also adding the word radical to that description as I'm taking industrial action and am on strike for 24 hours due to …

Jailhouse Blues by Murray Cook

This article was written by Murray Cook, a fellow teacher at Long Bay Correctional Centre in Sydney and was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday 27/8/16.  He sums it up very well and adds a human element to our case. Jailhouse Blues: Premier's decision will rock may lives Pottering around the Blue Mountains …

Partners in crime

partners in crime, now out of a job

These lovely people are just some of my partners in crime! I have worked with many of these good people for well over 10 years, (I'm the one on the far left of the photo). I have been in this workplace for over 20 years and their Manager for all of this time.  In all …

Education beats crime every day

Education beats crime

The importance of Education in jails I know I've mentioned it before on my blog (Not a good week, Wednesday 11/5/16, and this BuzzFeed interview) but I thought I'd share my latest foray into speaking out about this very important issue.  I was interviewed by a local TV station during the week and I don't know about you but I …

Not a good week! 

Wonder Woman

It seems I'm more political than I thought! I'm also very angry! I've rarely shared information about my work on my blog but this week I have well and truly broken that self imposed ban. And for a very good reason. This week we were informed that our jobs, as educators within correctional centres across …

Wordless Wednesday 11/5/16

Smile and quote

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday  I don't usually add words to these  Wordless Wednesday posts believing that the picture tells the story but today is a bit different. The quote used with my photo is very fitting at the moment. This article tells a story which affects me and my colleagues. I rarely, if ever, talk …

Weekly photo challenge: Creating the future

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter F. Drucker This week, it’s all about the future , where Jen asks us to share an image that represents the potential of things to come. My daughter just happened to graduate with her Masters of Politics and Public Policy this week so I …

Lunching with myself

Day 22's task for of the Zero to Hero challenge is to draft a post for (another) blogging event to see what other opportunities there are for writing, publishing, and getting to know people in the blogosphere. I had a look at all the events and challenges listed as suggested and decided that I liked the idea of …

Reputation? Day 16 challenge…

Reputation is an interesting concept and something I feel I have little control over in some ways. Today's post is part of the the zero to hero 30 day blog challenge -  read more here.  We have to write a post from the prompt of what is our reputation, how we got it and do …

things I just don’t get

Walking in the bush is very therapeutic I've decided. Despite not wanting to go out for a walk I needed to get up my 10000 steps for the day, so I forced myself to go, feeling slow & generally out of sorts. I let my body set the pace & just wandered the track instead …