The Beer Chronicles – an update of the academic year 2020-21

Last week was the first time I had blogged since we returned to school in May 2020. To put it mildly a lot has happened, globally and personally. A statement that everyone can identify with I am sure. The new job title of Head of Boarding, saw a move into a new apartment in boarding. A move actually that we were always going to make as the residents of that apartment were retiring back to their home country. The move however wasn’t smooth, like any move to a new house you have to wait until the people in the house … Continue reading The Beer Chronicles – an update of the academic year 2020-21

Longing

I haven’t blogged for over a year. “I haven’t had time”. Or maybe I haven’t made time. In May 2020, the then of Head of Boarding resigned. I applied and was successful. As Head of Boarding the academic year of 2020-22 was a rollercoaster. August 2021 is going to start as a bumpy ride as Covid-19 cases in the community in other cities are increasing – from a low level of zero. We have had one whole academic year of face to face learning. In February we started eating in the dining hall face to face again. It was lovely … Continue reading Longing

A trip to the Dentist- Beer Chronicles Part 7

I went to the dentist with Eleanor in Chinese New Year, and then I chickened out and said I would go back after the holiday. Little did I know that would be 3 months later. On arrival, before even setting foot in the reception area, I was met by a receptionist in full PPE gear, she took my temperature 36.4 degrees Celsius just in case anyone was wondering, she checked my green QR code and then fitted me with a pair of ill fitting disposable gloves. As soon as I got into the building, I saw that none of the … Continue reading A trip to the Dentist- Beer Chronicles Part 7

Heigh-Ho Heigh-Ho, it’s off to school we go… – Beer Chronicles Part 6 (started on 1st May and finished 9 May 2020)

And so school has reopened (by the time I finished this blog – we have been open for 2 weeks!). But only for year 13 and year 12. Year 13 boarders returned on Sunday 26th April 2020 in order to get up on Monday 27th April and step inside the school building for the first time since January 17th. Year 12 boarding students arrived back in the afternoon of Monday 27th April and they stepped into school on Tuesday 28th. For Year 10s and 11s there is still no opening date, but on Wednesday 29th April the teaching staff of … Continue reading Heigh-Ho Heigh-Ho, it’s off to school we go… – Beer Chronicles Part 6 (started on 1st May and finished 9 May 2020)

Back to School – Beer Chronicles Part 5

On Thursday 16th April Eleanor walked through the gates of Dulwich College Suzhou to commence the last 9 weeks of her primary school life.  Her excitement was delightful. It was like starting a new year. She was up, showered, dressed and breakfasted without any prompting. How long it will last is anyone’s guess. Temperature taken – below 37.3 degrees Celsius she walked out the door. We had a photo taken complete with a new part of the uniform – a mask.  The growth spurt that Eleanor has gone through in the past 3 months also obvious. The only things fitting her … Continue reading Back to School – Beer Chronicles Part 5

The Beer Chronicles Part 2 written 20 March 2020

If you didn’t get to read Beer Chronicles part 1 (which was posted originally under a different title), please message me. So, 17th March 2020, St Patrick’s Day, a day when all the parades in Ireland, north and south were cancelled and pubs in the Republic shut. We really had the luck of the Irish that day, our test results came back negative, and for the first time since coming back we slept a full night. However, spare a thought for Martin and our colleague. While we tested negative for the virus on Tuesday, the CDC advised their hotel to … Continue reading The Beer Chronicles Part 2 written 20 March 2020

The Beer Chronicles Part 1 Written 17 March 2020

Isolationism: Isolationism is a category of foreign policies institutionalised by leaders who assert that nations’ best interests are best served by keeping the affairs of other countries at a distance. (Thanks Wikipedia for your basic but useful definition) Russian roulette: a lethal game of chance in which a player places a single round in a revolver, spins the cylinder, places the muzzle against their head, and pulls the trigger, in the hope that the round does not reach the barrel of the gun and therefore fire. To run the gauntlet: is to take part in a form of corporal punishment … Continue reading The Beer Chronicles Part 1 Written 17 March 2020

Back in the saddle.

When you fall off a bike or a horse the advice is to get back on immediately so that there isn’t the loss of nerve. For Eleanor 4 years ago, she didn’t have that luxury. She fell off a horse and was rushed to hospital to have a CT scan, MRI scan and X Ray and an overnight stay in the children’s ward courtesy of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. Thankfully she made a full recovery but she made it clear that horses were my thing. More details were on the blog from 11 September 2016 when there was another … Continue reading Back in the saddle.