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11, May, 2010

Tuesday 11th May 2010

Rory is starting to work unsupported for short periods of time in the classroom.  Miss Hallett has modified the activities to suit his learning needs i.e. less volume, or in a different format.  She assists him when he is slow, it requires multiple cognitive processes, or he goes blank.  I do the same.  The back door of the class is open.  I poke my head in periodically to see how Rory is doing, and whether he needs help.  We both watch him closely for signs of fatigue and distress.  Rory knows he can take himself off to the teachers room at any time if he feels unwell, tired, or not up to the activity.  I spend my time in the teachers room wading through the paperwork necessary to keep our lives running smoothly.  At the moment I am putting the finishing touches on my Council report, plus working through the process of buying a house as we have put an offer on a house in Inglewood.  It may sound impulsive to purchase a property you haven’t seen but we have done our homework, looked at all images available on the internet, and Poppa and Nana Honnor gave it the seal of approval.  They looked at 11 open homes in Inglewood on Sunday for us (those that made our cut), and only two had potential.  This one stood out.  They know what we like having visited us in 5 houses over the past 11 years.  They thought we were mad to buy at Waihue but weren’t surprised!  Rory’s operation is scheduled for the 20th of May at Whangarei Hospital.  The surgeon has told us it may take up to two weeks for him to recover sufficiently to return to school.  We were going to wait for Sean until the 4th of June and travel down together, but I have decided to take the boys south as soon as Rory is well enough to travel.  He will recuperate at Nana and Poppa Honnor’s, and start school at Inglewood Primary as soon as he is up to it.  It will also give us the opportunity to ease in slowly, and have a good look through the property before we purchase it (provided we can agree on price). 

We had a quiet weekend.  Sam’s team, Kamo Black, won their 11th grade soccer game against Tikipunga on Saturday 2-0 (one goal was disallowed), and Sean and I spent time packing and carting gear from Whakapara to the storage unit.  It was Mothers Day on Sunday.  The boys drew me beautiful pictures and Sean had bought a card.  We gave Grannie her card and wished her Happy Mother’s Day.  The boys made me pancakes for breakfast.  We had a walk together in between the showers to the end of the road to feed the neighbours pig morning tea (apples which he crunches noisily with his teeth).  We went to lunch at Cobb and Co with Grannie and Grandad, and then to the movies to see Boy. 

Rory started the week with a Nordic walking lesson.  Coach June was up from Auckland and we were keen for Rory to build on what he had learnt.  Until we move there aren’t enough hours in the day to fit everything in so we’ve had to put several things on hold.  We are looking forward to having more time, and footpath, to kick some activities back into motion.  June showed Rory some new exercises to help his co-ordination (throwing and kicking balls).  She lengthened Rory’s poles to improve his gait.  The Nordic Walking Fitness Association of NZ has generously provided the poles for Rory, plus a second pair which can be adjusted for whoever is accompanying and supporting Rory on his walk.  After 40 minutes Rory had had a good work out and made progress.  Sean brought the boys across to school, although they were late.  Rory asked Sean to leave him unassisted in class, so Sean spent some time in the teachers room, and went for a run to burn off energy.  I spent the day at work at Whangarei District Council.  The person who has been appointment into my old job started yesterday and is making my old space her own.  It seems timely to be leaving.  Tomorrow will be my last day there. 

Today I am on duty at school.  Rory is working well.  Miss Hallett is ensuring the students take turns in the empty desk next to Rory, working with him on the different activities.  It is a strategy which works well.  Rory is still an intelligent boy with strengths in the curriculum.  He is often able to help the other students.