"My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together." “When I hear people say politics and religion don't mix, I wonder what Bible they are reading.” (Archbishop Desmond Tutu)

"And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6.8

"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4.19

"Work out your salvation with fear and trembling." Philippians 2.12

Friday, February 11, 2011

Year 8

I don't have a lot to do with the younger kids in school. I just have this one Year 8 class once a fortnight. They crease me up and I get a glimpse of what it must be like to teach in primary education.

They are at the bottom end of the mixed ability spectrum and if they are all in school - rare - there are about fifteen of them.

Today we started the life of Gautama the Buddha. It was a bit like carpet-time: I read them the story and then they had to sequence slips of card with the story on in the right order. The mistake I made was in giving all the pairs green card rather than a different colour per pair.

Tim, why have you got 27 slips? You should have 10.

Casey: don't put them in your ear, O.K? ...... No, it's not nice.

We then set out to draw the story in eight pictures.

Right Ashton, too much noise from you. I'm putting the three minute timer on for your silence. We need respite and I don't want to go home having killed another pupil.

Sir, can I draw sponge-Bob Square-Pants?

No. Why?

You said Gautama met a Holy man.

No...still not getting it.

Well, Sponge-Bob is full of holes.

O God.

Ashton: well done. A whole three minutes. Why didn't you do any work during that time? What....? What do you mean you can't multi-task? No. Being quiet and not working is not multi-tasking.

Jonny: why have you drawn Shrek?

I haven't. You said Gautama met a sick man. I've drawn him green because he was sick.

Sir, Sir, I didn't understand that bit. I've drawn someone being sick.

Oh yes. So you have Zoe.

I have too. I used that lady off Little Britain as my model.

Yes, O.K. Perhaps when I said sick I should have said ill.

Vikki why have you drawn a stick man?

It says so on the board.

Read it to me.

Gautama met a stick man.

And again.

Gautama met a sick man. Oh.

Got it.

A year 11 boy called Dean arrives in my doorway in disgrace from another colleague.

Got some work to do? Good. Sit there and get on with it."

Jessica: Why have you drawn Gautama as pregnant in every picture? No don't tell me. Let me guess. Because you can only draw stick men and then you got to the bit where he wasted away from fasting and you couldn't tell the difference between that picture and the others so you put a belly on him. Am I right? Thought so.

Sam: Why is that lady carrying a skateboard? Oh...Right. That's the baby Gautama. O.K.

Tim. Don't do that.

Sir: this crayon box has got blood on it.

Ah, Jess, you found me out. I used that tupperware box to kill the last pupil who got on my nerves.


No. I think you'll find it's ink.

No Dean. You can't come back next lesson. I don't care if it's more fun in here. Turn round Casey. He's too old for you.


  1. Poor Sir!!! The last two sentences made me laugh out loud. . . Who is Casey?

  2. LOL! You almost make me want to go back to teaching sir!

  3. You make me glad I never went into teaching. Lol!!!

  4. Oh the memories. I once told a student in my low ability year 8 Geography class that some camels were purple because I wanted to avoid a tantrum as all the brown and similar pencils had gone. I still have a guilt complex 35 years later.

  5. Brian R
    they go purple in the cold. Do not feel guilty.

  6. Susan: How to describe Casey? Hopeful? A WAG wannabe? - No chance.

  7. Move over Joyce Grenfell, you've got competition. :)