Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
81Trip End Jul 14, 2010
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The school is located about a mile the other side of the town centre (from where I am staying) and it's a 30 minute walk. It nice at 0630, and not too hot, but at 2.30pm, on the way back, it’s very hot!!
The school is in two halves; the reception and my science room on one side (it was grade 1 this week but we are swapping over today) and then all grades 1-6 around a sort of a courtyard. The kids can play in this central area and we carry out PE there, but it’s rather dusty. Lots of mosquitoes live in the grass, so we do avoid using that area.
The kids are lovely, but we don’t think that they get much discipline at home, and so it is a bit of an uphill task
The third grade are the worst, behaviour wise, largely as they have too many boys in the class. They also have a lot of teachers (not one specific class teacher) for each subject but we are all trying to be strict to make sure they behave! Grade 1 is the largest at 26, and now we have split the class into two, it is much more manageable.
Last year, they finished classes on a Friday at noon, but this year they have games in the afternoon (even though they all do PE in the morning!). It wasn’t well organised though, the kids didn’t listen and it turned into a farce. I’m not sure what is happening this week, but I think they might try and place kick ball again. The main problem is that it would involve 2/3 kids sitting out each game, and they are not very good at that!
We get breakfast at 0930 and lunch at 12
So life at the school, hopefully will improve each week. In my new room, I’m hoping for more storage and I should be able to leave more things in the class, which will reduce the amount of going to and fro from the storage area. I keep getting hints to stay all year, but as you know I have onward plans!
This week, the only plans we have, are to go to Miss Betty’s on tues and Thursday for dinner and then there might be a chance to go to Cusuco National Park at the weekend. Until next time, have a good week!