Working in a school is never boring. This week was a definite reminder of that. We are currently recruiting for a new Headteacher and on Thursday I had two prospective candidates coming to look around the school. The first one was due at 1pm so I knew I would have to grab an early lunch but as usual I got bogged down in work. At about 12.45 I realised the time and went into the dining hall - just at the wrong time. A couple of boys had been winding another boy up and as I walked in things erupted. Literally. Two of the boys jumped up to have a go at one another. Trouble was they were holding their food trays at the time.
The trays went flying and suddenly it was raining lamb curry and rice.
A member of the lunchtime staff took hold of one boy and, in the absence of any teaching staff, I took the other one out to the Headteacher's office. What I didn't realise until much later was that some of the curry that had landed on him transferred to me! The visiting candidate either didn't notice (quite possible as it was a man) or was too polite to mention it!
I managed to get myself cleaned up before the other candidate arrived and also managed to have some lunch thanks to our helpful welfare assistant. As I was dealing with the raining rice incident I was told that my one o'clock appointment had arrived so I had to ask her to grab me some lunch before everything was cleared away.
So another late lunch, another eventful day.