Somehow it's already the first day of term two! The grade 8's were shocked that we start with classes right away and none of them brought their school things. So far, my one class I was supposed to have before break hasn't shown up. We missed the first two periods for an assembly, and then half the kids missed the next class because they were picking up their winter uniforms. Typical first day.
Pass rates for grade 8 - out of 269 learners, 86 passed their Term 1 exams.Grade 9, 130 passed out of 170. Grade 10, 78 passed out of 82 (wow!). Grade 11 & 12 about 90 passed out of 170 in each grade. So that was sad. BUT I was really proud and impressed to see a lot of my reading club and French club learners in the top 10 of their respective grades!
This term I'm excited to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with the grade 8's, and The Prince and the Pauper (simplified version) with the grade 9's. Dylan will be finishing his syllabus with the grade 10's as they write their final exam pretty much right away in term 3. We're also excited about going to our COS (close of service) conference in July, where we will finalize a date for our departure from Namibia.
It's going into winter now, so it's pretty chilly at night and in the mornings, and it'll still get colder for the next month or two! I'm really excited to drink lots of tea and hot chocolate and pull out my sweat pants and long sleeves after our 8 month long summer.
We currently have 10 puppies living in our kitchen - they were in our backyard but we had a crazy out of season thunderstorm that flooded everything yesterday, so in they came. We're hoping it's warm enough and dry enough to move them back outside this afternoon.