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Archive for June, 2010

(banned in Germany) Slideshow

Posted by willkay on June 30, 2010

The slideshow from the Graduation party is now up on YouTube. However, you might want to go see it NOW. Also, if you want to tell friends/relations/the cat that it is up NOW, that might also be an idea. The video has backing music (from Coldplay) and their lawyers have already banned the video in Germany – which means Scarlatte’s dad can’t see it [sorry]. I have no idea how long they will let it stay up in other countries, so if you want to watch it with the music in the background, go watch it NOW. If it does get banned, I will upload it without the musical backing…o maybe I’ll just load it up with “It’s a Small World” as the backing track, on constant loop! [Although, Disney’s lawyers are more litigious than Sony’s, so that might be a bad idea. Anyhoo, watch it NOW:

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Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Posted by willkay on June 27, 2010

I have nothing to say.

Feel my pain.

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(disney) Friday

Posted by willkay on June 26, 2010

4:55am the first alarm goes off. I slowly wake to the sounds of The Postal Service, roll over and go back to sleep. 5:00am the second alarm goes off. Song 2 by Blur! 5:01am out of bed and start applying copious amounts of sunblock. It’s going to be a long, long day.

Space Mountain.

Buzz Lightyear.

Splash Mountain.

Indiana Jones.

Thunder Mountain.

Pirates of the Carribean.

Haunted House.

Matterhorn (White Mountain).

It’s A Small World.


Star Tours.

Thunder Mountain.

Space Mountain.



12:51am nineteen hours after we set off, we arrived back at school.

You can find 90 pictures of the day at the usual place. I need to go back to sleep.

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(last day in school) Thursday

Posted by willkay on June 24, 2010

All present. All correct. Last morning line up.

And then it was time for a series of lasts and one first. The one first was the chance to recycle. Outside the school, a huge recycling container had arrived, and the school set about the task of trying to fill it.

They got nowhere near. However it was good to see all the paper going to a good home, rather than to a landfill. Next year the school will take more steps to becoming paperless, which will be wonderful. Which reminds me – you might have noticed that the annual school survey didn’t come home this year. That is because it is on the website. If you have any comments to make or feedback on how you think the year went, please visit the website, and fill out the survey. And it is paperless!

The rest of the day was spent saying goodbye, signing shirts, practising for the graduation ceremony, practising shaking hands, taking pictures, planning tomorrow, saying goodbye.

Tomorrow we head for Disney. Meet outside school at 5:30am. School will not be open, and it will have closed before we get back. That is it for Generation 2010. There is just the Graduation ceremony, on Tuesday, to go.

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(last day) Thursday (be in school)

Posted by willkay on June 23, 2010

Be in School!

Thursday is the last full day for the sixth grade, at British American Institute.

Be in School!

Normal uniform (normal for a Thursday). Bring a shirt for people to sign. If you bring a camera, I (nor the school) is responsible for it. You are responsible for your property. But

Be in School!

There will be a practice for graduation. Ivan is writing the farewell speech. If you want him to mention something in particular, tell him NOW.

Be in School!

Phone everyone in the sixth grade. IM everyone in the sixth grade. Tell everyone in the sixth grade:

Be in School!

It is the last day in school.

Be in School!

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(In-ger-land! In-ger-land! In-ger-land!) Wednesday

Posted by willkay on June 23, 2010

Allow me to celebrate, just until Saturday!

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  The dream is still alive!

Now back to our usual programming…In at 6:50am, and all my fears vanished – the England match was on television, the USA match was ignored (and when I say ignored, I mean ignored). There were no students in early, so I got to share the first half with Professor Dandy and Professor Rene. By half time England were winning 1-0, and (for the first time this World Cup) were looking like a team that could play well and score goals.

By the start of the second half, students had started to arrive. Fourteen eventually made it into school. Or that should read, thirteen students who I recognised made it into school, and Ruben had had a haircut! (He’s got ears!!)

Although England started the second half well, the match hit a dead patch in the middle, and then the tension started to increase. The closer and closer we got to the end of the match, the more important it became to hang on to the 1-0 lead. And they did. England are through to the next round! The sad news, Slovenia were in tears? Why? What? They had played so well, and the result from the USA v Algeria match was 0-0. Wasn’t it? And so it became a desperate search for the USA result (the television station was really ignoring the match). A last minute goal, meant that England go through in second place. Now, all that needs to happen is England to beat Germany, Mexico to beat Argentina, and then we have an England v Mexico quarter final. And that would be…well, that would be terrible. I have no idea how that would go down in our flat.

Then there was the rest of the day. Fortunately the girls, in their infinite wisdom, had brought things into school, to do. Again I was presented with a group of boys who spent the morning asking: What do we do now? Although the most common answer was: Speak English! Working as a team, I had brought in my DVD player, and Ana Karen had brought in some DVDs. In preparation for Friday (we’re going to Disney!!), we watched some Disney films!

THURSDAY: Tomorrow is the last day in school for the sixth grade. On Friday, we go to Disney. On Tuesday, there is the graduation. Which means that tomorrow is the last full day in school. It would be nice if we were all in school. I know, I’ve been rather ambivalent to your attendance for most of this week, but I really, really think you should be in school tomorrow (Thursday). It might not mean much now, but it might be something that you regret later. Please be in school.

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(heads up warning for tomorrow) Wednesday

Posted by willkay on June 22, 2010

The Bad News: Be aware. Although England are playing tomorrow morning, at 7am, so are USA. There is a chance that local channels might decide to follow the USA v Algeria match, rather than the England match. If you are coming in early to watch the England match, I can’t guarantee that it will be on live.

The Good News: The England match might not be on live tomorrow. Which means that you won’t get to see Mr. Kay cry.

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(one to nil) Tuesday

Posted by willkay on June 22, 2010

I was at school at 6:50am. The television was on, the national anthems were sung, the game started. I was not alone, the administration staff discovered that I had a tele, and soon my classroom was full (ish).

At 7:30 the bell rang, and students entered school in dribs and drabs. Soon the classroom was full of 1st graders, 2nd graders, 3rd graders, and 5th graders (the 4th grade had their own tele). At 7:46am the one (and only) 6th grader turned up. Yes, after missing yesterday, Alejandro made it into school today. He won’t be in school tomorrow. So there was one.

The match was exciting. Not a great result, but Mexico go through to the next round! And then Alejandro went home, and I was left in school alone. Except, at that point I seemed to have adopted the fifth grade. Anyway, one quick negotiation, and the school’s DVD player ended up in my classroom, attached to the tele, and they were entertained. (Please note: I am not convinced that the DVD player is staying in my room, so those of you thinking that you might come in to watch films…it might not work that way.)

Wednesday: I will be in early (6:50am) for the England game. If you want to see the whole game, you may come into school early, and come straight to my classroom. I already know that several students will not be in. I will be doing nothing, all day (apart from crying, if the England result goes the wrong way). Miss Claudia and I have no lessons planned. If you are coming in to school, please bring something to do.

Enjoy your day at home, and prepare to beat Argentina on Sunday!!!

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(the final presentation) Monday

Posted by willkay on June 21, 2010

In at seven to check that the multi-activity room was ready. Chairs out, microphone one, laptop connected. Back to the classroom to discover that we were six people short. Eh? Six students absent? How did that happen? Well, it appears that when, on Thursday, I said: Do NOT be late. Be early! Some students took that to mean something totally different. In the end, five people made it in, and we were just one (Alejandro) down. A quick run through the changes necessary, and we were ready.

And nothing went wrong.

That’s the wonder of the audience not knowing what we were doing. Absolutely nothing went wrong! Arrrrrrrrr!

And everyone went home at the end. Well, I say everyone and I mean everyone, except for six boys. Having spent Thursday explaining that if anyone was going to be in school on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday they need to bring something to do, it was a total surprise to discover…that no one had brought anything to do. In case anyone is wondering if they will miss anything if they don’t make it into school, let me assure you, you won’t.

We did the Maths Bee:

1st – Guillermo

2nd – Valerio

3rd – Ivan

And then we watched a bit of Fantastic Mr. Fox. After Spanish, we watched a bit more of Fantastic Mr. Fox. After recess, we watched Spain v Honduras.

Tuesday: If you are planning to come to school (and Sr. Martinez, your son does not have to come into school tomorrow, I promise you, he won’t miss anything), bring something to do. A game to play. A book to read. Something to do. Please do not spend the day asking me: What can I do? I will be in school at 6:50am, watching the Mexico v Uruguay match. If you come early, you can come into school and join me in the classroom. Please note, at 9am the match will finish. You will need something to do. Oh, you can also wear La Verde as well (or La Negra).

And the slideshow is here:

Oh, and if you go to the school’s website, there’s a survey that the school is asking all parents to fill out. Please go, and say nice things about me. Or, if you feel you need to, go and say bad things about me – it will help me improve as a teacher.

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(just plain awful) Friday

Posted by willkay on June 20, 2010

It has taken two days before I can actually type anything up about Friday, two days and the pain is still there.

Friday morning saw me in school at the usual time, however there were no students there! (Although there was a reported sighting of Larizza?) The school had to be set up for the fiesta in the evening, and the multi-activity room needed to be prepared for Monday. Working as a team, the teachers managed to get everything done by 10 o’clock. At that point, Miss Lilian thinking she was doing the nice thing, let me go home to watch the England match on television. It was kind of her, but in the long run I think I’d have rather stayed at school, and missed the match.

It was awful, painfully awful. I spent most of the game with my head under a cushion, trying to avoid watching yet-another-kick-to-nowhere. Don’t get me wrong. I love football. I love the World Cup. Every four years, when the World Cup comes round, I am fixed to the television set. This year, the time difference has been a little difficult but, thanks to the internet, I’ve been able to keep up with most matches. And, whisper this quietly, this year I thought England were going to do well. I could see them getting to the semi-finals without too much difficulty. And,once you are in the last four, with two games to go??? You know, in my heart, I thought England had a chance this year, a chance to win the World Cup. But what happened? At this moment, the chance to get through to the next round isn’t just in our hands, it also relies on the failure of others (specifically USA). All of a sudden, a dead-cert has turned into a dead-donkey.

The one joy in all this has been Mexico. I spent an hour on the phone this morning (Sunday), with my mum. She is very excited about Mexico, loved the fact that they beat the French, and has now adopted Mexico as her country! Of curse, there is always the advantage that Mexico could face Argentina, and put them out in the next round. Which, for an Englishman is always good news (after the Hand-of-God goal).

Anyhoo, Monday! Monday will be The Final Presentation at 8am. Tuesday is Mexico v Uruguay at 7am. Wednesday is England v Slovenia at 7am. Thursday is the last day in school (for the sixth grade). Friday is Disney. Busy week ahead.

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