Work and play in England

Trip Start Dec 13, 2006
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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Hello again all. I hope you are all well. We have been busy over here.

Firstly, let me tell you about work. It has been interesting going to many different schools and teaching kids of different ages and backgrounds. I usually start by introducing myself, and getting them to guess where I am from. The no.1 guess? Scotland. Next is Wales. One school, I said 'No, from far away overseas,' so the next guess was France. Sigh... I had to do a Steve Irwin impression to get the hint across.
Some of the schools here are pretty tough. I spent 8 days before the half term break (which ends today) in a school called Springfield. Only 24 Yr 5's in the class, but it was the worst week and a half of teaching I have ever had. There were 6 boys who at times left me speechless with their rudeness and behaviour. I only stayed because I am so stubborn, and wasn't about to let 11 year olds scare me off. The Head Teacher there asked me to stay until Easter, even offering a 4 day week, but the stress wasn't going to be worth it. One of my students got sent home fro throwing a snowball at a student in another classroom, not something we need to worry about at Rouse Hill...
The supply company I work for a pretty good though, and they have got me 2 days a week at a nice school I did a few days for last month. They must have liked me, because after Easter they want me for 5 days a week including release time, which casuals don't normally get here. Sweet...

We have been out and about again, this time we went to York for 4 days. they had a viking festival on the weekend and it was very interesting. the streets were packed, with many dressed in chainmail and carrying axes, swords and spears! York Cathedral is very impressive. They had to excavate the foundations in the 80's to stop the main spire collapsing, and discovered it was built on the foundations of an 1100's cathedral, and under them were the ruins of a 300ad Roman fortification. They now have tours under there, which was very good.

We went for a walk in the Peak District with a couple of people from our new church on Saturday. It rained some of the time, but it was beautiful up on the Moors. It is a bit different walking through coniferous forests and open grassland compared to bushwalking around Sydney.

Well thats about it. I will try to get some photos up with this, so you can see what I mean. Our next journey is to London on the 9th of March, and I am planning for 5 days in Ireland for May when my parents join us for a week.

God bless all,

Dave and Heidi
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