My First Week at School! :-p
Trip Start Jan 14, 2010
17Trip End Apr 07, 2010
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Where I stayed
The Rafferty's / Rose Green Junior School
The trip has already been more than I ever could have imagined and I’m just getting started.
On Saturday, the party that was planned was canceled. Michelle, the kids and I stopped in to drop off Len’s birthday gift (the party was canceled due to Len attempting to use his daughter, Kaylie’s, scooter… and face planting… bad). They invited us in for… you guessed it… TEA. So in we went. It was nice being able to meet Len and his family since he works at/ his daughter attends Rose Green.
The party on Sunday afternoon was wonderful
My Host Parents made sure I was home early from the party in order to get ready for school the next day. Once we were home, we all got into comfy clothes and lounged around the living room, playing games and watching t.v. We all did our Partridge style goodnights and I headed into my amazing room, which is looking more and more like me every day. When I went to get into bed, I found a hot water bottle waiting for me. That little gesture totally made my day! It was a nice comforting thing that helped me drift quickly to sleep. In the morning I was woken up by Michele with a cup of tea. What a wonderful start to the day!
After getting ready and being beat multiple time on DS Super Mario Bros by Calum (the youngest), I headed off to school. Michele drove us (even though its like a 10 min walk – if that – from our place) because it was my first day. J My teacher met me by the office and off we went
9:00-9:30 – Morning Work
9:30 – 10:20 – Guided Reading Groups
10:20 – 11:00 – Assembly and Play time for Students/ Tea and Break time for Teachers
11:00 – 12:00 – More LA such as handwriting or reading
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch and Play time (which is what they call recess)
1:00 – 1:45 – Specials (drama, art, music, P.E., etc) which are taught by the teachers
1:45 – 2: 45 - Maths
2:45 – 3:20 – Whatever else needs to be done, like computer lab or testing
The days seem to go a bit quicker than in the states and I kinda like the set up of them
At this point in time, I really look forward to getting back to my home stay. While I love the school, I like being "home" more. The three kids are absolutely fantastic, as are Mitch and Michele. Special shout out to Michele… she has done SO much for me to make sure I feel at home and cared for. I really really really appreciated it.
Before I went abroad I was told the food was bland… not in Michele’s kitchen. That lady can really cook. We’ve had curry (take- out), salmon, boiled eggs – like in the little cups… they had to teach me how to do it, fish pie (my favorite thus far), home-made pizza, and sausage with chips – aka fries. My lunch every day is amazing! The point of this paragraph is that she is going to teach me how to cook so I can bring a book of recipes home.
The house is wonderful and cozy! We all are getting along wonderfully so far (to my knowledge) and I honestly couldn’t have gotten a better home stay placement
I want to do my best to record random memories that may not mean much to those that read this but do to me...
JLS - the newest pop sensation who Chloe absolutely adores. I call them the Jellies.. just cause.
Bisuits = cookies... cept chocolate chip, cause those are allowed to be called cookies.
Chips = Fries
Baptism in hell water = doing something badish
Laughing like a faucet = a lot... without stopping
Say fantastic and brilliant with everything.... then add a question at the end.
i.e. We agreed to go tomorrow to the fair... Didn't we.
Steven Fry - While watching the National Television Awards. Very funny.