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Back to work.....

well for one day anyway!

sunny 23 °C

Yesterday was 4 weeks since we arrived in New Zealand and I had my first day of work! As you know my visa was approved on Friday, I received my confirmation on Saturday and on Monday I informed the teaching agencies who in turn told me that there was very little work on at the moment and it was unlikely I would get anything until March. So it came as a bit of a surprise when the phone rang at 6.30am to ask me to be in a school for 8.15am that morning!
I ended up in a ‘new entrants’ class which I guess is the equivalent of our reception classes. Unlike the UK, where we have the whole class of 30 start in the autumn term, these children start as they turn 5 and because it is the beginning of the school year here I had a class of 10 children and a teaching assistant!!! The school teaches predominantly in Maori although majority of children seem to be fluent in both languages, I seemed to have more trouble than they did – the vowels sounds are different than in English so I find some of the names difficult to pronounce.
The children were lovely and well behaved and the school had a lovely feel to it. They all go swimming everyday for 20 minutes and I had to take the lesson – a first for me so I kind of blagged my way through it!!!
I was checking out the school’s website and noticed that under the uniform policy, shoes are optional! Shoes are not worn in the buildings and majority of children arrive barefoot and remain like that throughout the day, just 2 out of the 10 put shoes on for the playground!
The day zoomed by and I enjoyed it but I was knackered by the end of it as I haven’t worked in 7 months!
Gerald has been on several interviews this week and is now in the horrible position of waiting to hear back. They do seem to keep you hanging on here and it is very frustrating!
I don’t think there is much else to tell!

Posted by bumblebum 18:36 Archived in New Zealand Tagged round_the_world

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