Monthly Archives: January 2012

The week of terror is over – we got through Ofsted brilliantly.  The verdict?  Good with Outstanding features – YAY!

On top of that my hospital appointment was clear – so more blood tests etc. are on the horizon however the big fear is over.

So now I will share some images from the archive – Kensal Green Cemetery – 2006 – normal service will hopefully resume later in the week:

Kensal Green Cemetery
Kensal Green Cemetery

Kensal Green Cemetery

Kensal Green Cemetery


I’ve been away this week, not physically, mentally.  Not only did I have a very worrying hospital appointment (no worrying now – all clear – YAY!) but we also got the call at work on Monday – Ofsted were coming!  Cue: frantic tidying of classroom, marking books up to date, getting lesson plans written AND a parents’ evening.  I calculated that with traveling to and from work I put in 51 hours work in 3 days!  I was observed for 10 minutes!  The inspector didn’t even look at my books, at my lesson plan or talk to my students.  Ah well, it was all worth it, we came out as ‘Good with Outstanding Features’.  We were told that if we had been under the old framework (which changed this month) we would have been Outstanding!  Such good news.

So anyway – I’ve had no time to eat, let alone update this.  So I’ve got a photo of how my shoulders are feeling at the moment.  As though a tree is bearing the weight of its existence on my shoulders.
Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery, London UK


Born in 1871, Tom Cribb was a successful bare-knuckle boxer who, after a match against  Tom Molineaux, an American and former slave, became world champion.  The bout went to 35 rounds! He is buried in St Mary Magdalene churchyard, Woolwich, where there is a stunning memorial erected in his honour.

He retired from boxing in his 30s and became a publican at the Union Arms, Panton Street.  The pub was rebuilt 1878 and named after him in 1960.

Tom Cribb

We visited the churchyard last Monday before heading to the cemeteries and I took some photographs of the monument. The symbolism of the lion can mean a couple of things – probably in Tom Cribb’s case it’s the courage and spirit of the dead person.

Overlooking the Thames in Woolwich

Inscription on the urn

The only monument/ memorial in the churchyard

The photographer

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The first week back at work, despite only having 3 days with the children in, has been positively exhausting.  I’ve only have a few hours spare to myself all week and that’s been spent avoiding computer screens and just zoning out on the sofa.

However this morning I did manage to look through some of the photographs from our visit to the Woolwich cemeteries last week.  I will hopefully post a proper blog about this visit tomorrow however here are a few photographs to whet your appetite!