Category Archives: Journal

School Daze Part 4: Technical Difficulties

This post has been sitting as a draft since the start of our last week in the school.  I have completed it today, and I will be posting a follow-up with some of my thoughts about the project in the … Continue reading

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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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Community matters

A quick overview of the area and community we’re living and working in. We’re living in an area called Crawford, Athlone – it was originally designated a ‘coloured’ township under the Group Areas Act, which split South African residential zones … Continue reading

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