When The Kids Shock You With Their Talents!

On Friday, at our weekly £It’s The Weekend Party,” (Which we do in the Sports Hall and is Karaoke and Disco, which is very popular with the kids) a lad, who was placed at our school just before the Easter Break, shocked me, shocked Sam and shocked the other kids with his voice. The lad I am talking about is 14 and is very shy. However, he decided to sing on Friday night, something Sam has never been requested to play.

He had requested to sing Nessun Dorma, which is by Luciano Pavarotti. It is a track that is very hard to sing and I got to give it to this lad, because he shocked everyone. The song is difficult as it was and on the last part, where he sings the line

Dilegua, oh notte!  Tramontate, stelle! Tramontate, stelle! All’alba vincerò! Vincerà! Vincerò!

shocked everyone, as the last part you really need to hold the note for quite a while. When he sang the final Vincerò! he held the last note, which caused me to drop my drink. I have not seen a child be able to sing like this, ever! It was a right shock and he got a standing ovation from the care staff and the other kids. Aparently he was taught to sing like this by his Grandad. It’s amazing!

Meanwhile, I have moved to a temporary office, while the roof in J Block is repaired. (As you will already know, my office is on the top floor of the building) So now I am in a Portakabin for the next few weeks, while the roof is repaired and the top floor offices are repainted and re-carpeted, after water ingress, due to the leaking roof.  It will do for now. Our 2 floor Portakabin is behind J Block at the moment and you can see the Laundry and Boiler House in the background. I must also thank Sam for helping us move everything out. Our Portakabin may be smaller and we have no kitchen for making brews, (we have to do that from the General Care Office) but at least it’s water tight and at least we have loos!

I got rather peeved this afternoon, when I get a call from one of the Units, as a parent had turned up and decided she wanted her son to come home.  However she knows he can’t as there is a Care Order.

A care order is given by a court. It allows a council to take a child into care. Under the Children Act 1989 a council can apply for a care order if it believes a child is suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm.

The court decides if the child can be taken into care.

Care orders last until:

  • the child’s 18th birthday
  • an order is made giving parental responsibility to another person – eg through adoption or special guardianship
  • the court lifts the order (this is called ‘discharging’ the order)

This boarder in question, has been with us for a couple of  years now.

The Care Order means by law, we are responsible for the care of this child. His mum turning up just made matters worse, so I got a call to come and deal with it. (As I am on Call this all of this weekend) Thankfully her son didn’t get to hear all the commotion or he would of ended up being very upset.

The mother of this child does not know when to keep her mouth shut and all I got was verbal abuse. I know the kids sometimes tell me to F*** off, but this woman’s every sentence had the F word in it.  I had had enough and asked her to leave. Of course she refused, so I asked her again and got told where to stick it. So I pulled out my phone and I called the Police. (999) She got arrested for breaching the peace and more than likely will be locked up until tomorrow. As for the boarder in question, I did speak to him and let him know what had happened. He wasn’t impressed.

While it’s dry, I am heading out to the garden and play footie with our boys.

Sun Sea and Storms!

Sam and I took the kids to Blackpool last week, as we had been invited to a friend’s weeding.  We stayed in the Cliffs Hotel, which was really nice. The boys shared twin rooms, while Kyle and I had a double and Jenny had a single. The kids enjoyed use of the swimming pool, the kids club and watching the entertainment in the night club. The kids were treated to a light show like no other, as a violent thunderstorm hit the resort on Wednesday night. The boys sat in the Cafe Bar with myself and Jenny and were counting between the flashes and the crack of thunder.

The next day was the wedding, so we all got dressed up for it. The weather was good, so we got to take lots of pictures after a wonderful ceremony. After, the ceremony, the reception was at a local pub, so with 8 hours of disco and Karaoke,Sam and I were in our element and had great fun singing and dancing. The kids also joined us for a massive conga line, which wet round the bar, down to the family area, out the fire doors, round the car park and back in the main entrance! Sam and I did not get back to the hotel until 1am, as the party went on and on…. Hehe!

Friday was a good day, as Sam took 3 of the older boys to the Pleasure Beach, while the remaining younger boys came with me to the Sandcastle Waterpark. After lunch, we swapped and Sam too the older boys swimming, while I went on the tea cups, the tunnel of love and the slower rides with the younger boys. Later, we had tea at the pub where the reception was and stayed on for Karaoke. The Karaoke host, (George) and his wife (Lorraine) are really good singers and were very encouraging!

Saturday was a day of leisure, so we went shopping and spent the afternoon on the beach. In the evening, we hit the hotel bar again and we let the kids enjoy the kids club activities.

On Sunday, I took the kids up the Tower. If you have never been, it is really worth it! The Circus with the fountain finale was amazing, plus watching the dancing in the ballroom was fun; while we had a drink and a bite to eat. Then I dragged Sam to the top of the tower, with the kids jumping up and down on the glass plate! Sam and I went up to the top deck, while the kids were looking across Blackpool and had a moment to ourselves. (What’s wrong with a quick private smootch from the tower top?

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Breathtaking views from the top of Blackpool Tower

Sunday evening called for Karaoke again and we enjoyed a evening in the company of George and Lorraine. The kids enjoyed playing pool and enjoying the pub garden, while Sam and I had a sing song and a few pints.

We came back refreshed on Monday, to a pile of post and lunch, which Linda had made for our return. (Linda is Sam’s mum btw!)