Category Archives: In Country

Into the wild…

We’re just back from a week of travelling – exploring the Karoo and the Western Cape. The Karoo is a vast semi-desert region in the Northern and Western Cape. As some of you may know, Niall has something of a … Continue reading

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It’s the little things….

It’s strange how similar and yet completely different things are over here. Silly things stick out, really. Little differences? The KFC adverts make their customers appear trendy and chic. Everyone says ‘avo’ instead of avocado, and adds it liberally to … Continue reading

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An Important Milestone

Given the last few posts, you’d be forgiven for thinking that I spend most of my time in the classroom trying to wrest the tattered remains of my sanity from a horde of unruly kids; In reality, most of my … Continue reading

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School Daze Part Three: The Storm

When the gods want to mock us, they grant our wishes.  I had said to myself “I wish I had more time with a class”, and, well, I got it.  One bright Friday morning, the headmaster approached Helen and myself … Continue reading

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School Daze Part 2: The Calm

After a week with the computers, I was beginning to feel like I wasn’t in a school, despite the scream mass of childer running around me at break times.  I said to our headmaster that I’d like to spend a … Continue reading

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School Daze: Part 1

I’d like to share some of the teaching experiences that I’ve had so far.  I’ll preface this by saying that the last time I was in a primary school class was during a week of community care way back during … Continue reading

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Chaos in the classroom

Our second week of school is nearly over, and I have a whole new level of sympathy for teachers. These teachers, certainly. I’ve got the library almost sorted – there’s not a huge amount more I can do without some … Continue reading

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