Dear Parents – After three weeks in the foreign land of The Kruger National Park I had just one day to readjust into Teacher Mode before returning to the teaching of my little geniuses. In order to prevent the wonderful memories of the wild time rI had in The Park regressing to my forgetterie, I relived the experience through blogging and neglected to post in Back in the Classroom in the first week of term. I am therefore making that up to you with a mega blog today.
What a pleasure to be greeted by on the first day by 30 eager little faces and the warmest and most affectionate of hugs. It was great to be back!
We settled down to serious work very quickly and I was super impressed and relieved to see that my girls had not forgotten their reading words, how to write between line and were up and ready with their calculations to 10. They wrote wonderful sentences about their holiday and I was delighted to find that one or two had been to game parks too. Julia and I, though, had been to the best of them all – KNP! I knew Julia was to be there for a few days with her family and I alerted them to look out for the cheetahs on the Open Road. I was delighted that they spotted them too!
It wasn’t long before our hyper-active school had us on our toes with events and outings to keep us on our toes. On Wednesday we visited the South African Naval Museum in Simonstown and what an adventure we had there. Our guides were experienced SWANS and they taught us about the Navy then and now, what it was like to be on the Bridge of a Ship, what to do if the ship caught fire and all the functions of the Navy during wartime. We went with our brother class and of course the boys were in their element. However, the girls found it quite fascinating too. One of our girls discovered that being the Captain was not all fun – she had to get the crew to obey her instructions and she had to stay with the sinking ship till everyone else was safe! I will let the photographs show how fascinated they all were.
Next on our busy agenda was Creative Expo Day. We have been learning about our community, its buildings and the people who help us. So on Thursday we got busy with boxes of all shapes and sizes and designed and built our own town. It was great fun using the boxes, brightly coloured paper, chalk and toys and putting our ideas together to make a wonderful creation. We had many visitors come to see what we were doing and we hope they were sufficiently impressed to want to send their little ones to our fabulous school.