Monday, 31 March 2008

and can the boys wear skirts?

Today I showed a class some school photos of mine to show them that we have to wear school uniform in the UK and I got a mixed response! Some of them thought it was cool and others thought it was ugly! And then the questions started.....

Remember I teach primary school children....

1. Can the girls wear their hair how they like?
2. Why do the girls have to wear ties? (It's a man thing apparently)
3. Can the boys wear shorts in the summer?
and the best.....
4. Can the boys wear skirts......? Well, this is what I understood and was frankly stumped for words until I realised he wanted to know if the girls could wear trousers! I swear sometimes it's comical with my french, their english and competing with all the noise in the classroom! This is the reult, a very odd question indeed.

Talking and explaining in French was also a bit wishy washy for me. I'm practically fluent give or take a few thousand words and yet when I have to explain stuff to the children I hate making mistakes in front of them. Partly because I don't want them to notice I make mistakes, partly because I teach 6 year olds and they don't notice my mistakes and might start copying my errors when they speak. This said, today I got corrected a few times by them....masculine and feminine words get me all the time and I make mistakes. Well, now it's official, it's UNE tenue. Thanks Manon.

Showing them the photos made me ask myself some questions that I have never thought of. Why do girls in the UK have to wear a tiny pleated skirt for doing sport in? Whay can't the boys wear shorts in the summer? Uniforms have their pros but they also create problems and finally 7 years after I finished school, I am only starting to see them.

It's the first time I've done something really cultural with the children and they were really interested...except for one little boy who asked....Can we do some work now?! Charming.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Oops, I did it again....

It has been brought to my attention that I've been neglecting my blog and as a result my nearest and dearest are at a loss to my movements ... I tend to assume people psychically 'know' things about my life and then realise that 'no, i didn't actually tell you did I?!'

So, time being imited, I'll fill you in in a bullet point fashion (sorry!)

1. We're moving house ! We found the cutest and cleanest terraced house ever in Amiens and we're moving in at the end of April. It was meant to be sooner but the landlady is away in April so we can't do the papers in time for it to be sooner. I'm so impatient to move in. We have already chosen the new bedroom furniture we're going to buy and the sofa we want and alas, we can't buy it yet. I'm having nightmares that in the meantime every single branch of a certain swedish shop will run out of the furniture and that likewise for the sofa. I want to buy it all right now just to be sure, but seriously, nothing much else will fit into our 35m2 shoebox. aggghhhh.

2. Easter was super early this year wasn't it? It's usually near my birthday in April, but March 23rd?! eep. I realised this year for the first time that Easter in France is not like at home. In France all the chocolate eggs etc aren't really 'branded'. I guess there're not in fashion. At home, you can't see the Easter bunny for Mars, Twix, Maltesers, Dairy Milk, Celebrations chocolate eggs. Here, chocolate chickens are quite fashionable. hum, quite. We had a very festive raclette party at Ju's parents' house as they weren't there, and I spent most of the night serving myself drinks (French girls don't drink, and well, I do!) and listening to all of Ju;' friends who are having houses built for them, or are getting married or pasced (don't ask) and I was feeling quite out of the project! I got asked when we were getting married and when we were having a, no! Stop.

3. Work is much the same. Although to be honest, I think I'm coping a lot better with the monsters. I expect less from them, stress less when they are frankly nighmarish and chill out much more quickly when I get home. I have learnt to cut off from them! Hurrah! Their English evaluations are starting on Thursday in my three schools which should see me through until the end of next week when, yes, I have two weeks off (Easter holidays...two weeks late!) Doing the evalautions are exhausting and SOOOO repetitive for me. Imagine...I have 3 schools, 8 classes, uum, 100 pupils... Yes, you get the picture! I will be doing the same thing 100 times over. yikes. At least it doesn't requite much preparation because......

4. Tomorrow I'm going to see England Vs France in la stade de France in Paris with Julien, his Dad and Brother. Go England Go!! It will be slightly amusing to be sitting with them but cheering against them! I hope we sit next to some England supporters otherwise I will be outnumbered in my cries of ROONEY and be drowned out by cries of HENRY. Dear god let England win, else I will never live it down! I'm outnumbered!

5. As we're moving, the paperwork is starting all over again, I have to change, I'm off to the banque now to get am estimation on house insurance etc etc. Wish me luck!

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