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Friday, April 28, 2006

Picture this...

The bell rings and roughly 270 students rush out of classrooms filling the hallway to capacity.

At that exact time, Little Johnny releases a handful of marbles and sends them careening down the hallway.

Mayhem ensues.

And yes, his name really is Johnny.

God, I love Fridays.


8 touched me

Blogger ames pondered...

Hey Fiona, what grade do you teach? Because that prank sounds like something my 9 year old bro would do!

4/28/2006 12:45:00 PM  
Blogger Fickle Fiona pondered...

Ames, I teach 8th grade.

And with 16 days left to go they might as well be 9-year-olds!


4/28/2006 01:51:00 PM  
Blogger McVane pondered...

OK, translation needed for non-USians like me. Eighth grade is ... six years old kids? Damn. Where's my hubby when I need him most? I bet he knew I'd ask him, so he did a runner on me.

4/29/2006 04:01:00 PM  
Blogger Fickle Fiona pondered...


8th grade are students in age range from 12-14. On average we see them at their hormonal imbalance of 13 in all its glory.

You get the picture.

How does it work there? It never dawned on me that it would be different. Gosh I live such a sheltered life. *shaking head*


4/29/2006 05:19:00 PM  
Blogger McVane pondered...

Heh. Thanks. It depends. It's different in Scotland, Northern Ireland and England/Wales. Which would you like to know? :)

4/29/2006 07:41:00 PM  
Blogger Fickle Fiona pondered...

DH says he is curious about England...thanks for responding, we have been discussing this for hours now.


4/29/2006 08:10:00 PM  
Blogger McVane pondered...

England: Nursery school [3-5], Primary school [6-11], [Prep school - 11-13], Secondary school [11-16], Sixth Form College [17-18].

In a secondary school [also known as comprehensive school (public school to you) or public school (private school to you)]: each year is known by its placement in a tier, e.g.

children of 11 - first year or Year 1
children of 12 - second year or Year 2
and so forth.

Some schools have houses allocated, e.g. Alyson House, Redmond House, etc. Some have different colours in their school ties to determine which houses they belong to. This is useful for primarily sports. I believe almost all schools require their students to wear school uniforms. Casual clothes are a rarity.

Most children leave school at 16. Some go on to get jobs; to a college of further education; to a training course/appreniceship; to a Sixth Form college [to improve their grades for university]; go straight to university to do a preparary uni course, or take a year gap [more common for those who did the Sixth Form stint].

I think that's about it. :D

4/30/2006 04:22:00 PM  
Blogger Fickle Fiona pondered...


Wow, interesting...and so complex!


4/30/2006 11:30:00 PM  

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