Our first day at school :)

This morning we drove through the crazy traffic in the back of one of the CRS medical vehicles for our first day at Hastings School.  Some things have changed quite a bit since last year- you can see in the pictures that the lady who lives there has put some sheets up to give part of it a roof and she also has some cupboards for her pots and pans.  Her daughter, who was a baby last January, is now the youngest member of the school- I think she’s still only about two!  The children and Mrs Gupta were very excited to see us and they had all come to school wearing their best clothes.  There was tinsel strung between the poles at the edge of the school and balloons hanging from them.  We thought it must have been Mrs Gupta who had put them up but she said that it was a surprise for her too and that the Mums had come to decorate before any of us arrived- isn’t that lovely?  Other things haven’t changed at all.  Do you remember the little girl in the fabulous green dress from last year?  Well, Ayeesha is still in school (you can see her in a green jumper in one of these pictures) and still very cute, although she isn’t the smallest any more.  Some of the schools were closed today because the Hindu families are celebrating the goddess of learning.  Ours was open because the children are from Muslim families but they still said a prayer to the goddess at the start of the day and they sang ‘thank you for the world so sweet’ as well, so  it was a real mixture of faiths, just like the temple yesterday.  We told them the story of Little Red Riding Hood and then they ordered the pictures and used finger puppets to have a go at telling the story themselves.  Then we played a game where they had to try to draw one of the pictures from the story in groups by sending one of their group to look at it for ten seconds and then go back and draw as much as they could remember- some of them were really good!   We asked the children who looks after them and tries to keep them safe like Little Red Riding Hood’s Mum did.  They said all the same things that you would about not going with strangers and being careful crossing the road…although when your mums say it I don’t think they’re talking about roads quite like the ones around here!  We were both very tired when the day was over because we had been teaching for four hours without a break which is difficult, especially when the children don’t speak English (I think the children were tired too).  We shall be back there tomorrow and we’re going to do some reflective symmetry which should be lots of fun.  Night night xx


7 thoughts on “Our first day at school :)

  1. Wow!! The tinsel and balloons look very pretty. You must have felt very special, it looks very inviting. When you went last time we wasn’t too sure if we would want to go but seeing it now we all would love to. We have now eaten our soup which was very delicious, and now Mrs Fletcher is going to read Little Red Riding Hood to us with the finger puppets before we go home. The memory picture game sounds fun, we think we are going to try it too. We cant wait to hear all about your day tomorrow! Night night. Lots of love, the Infants xxx


  2. It sounds like you are having a great time – very different from a cold and snowy South Darley. The juniors have enjoyed reading the blog and seeing the pictures too; the Year 5 and 6 will also be thinking of you during their retreat day at Edale tomorrow. How is the food so far and were you under the weight limit on the plane despite taking all those blankets and learning resources? At school all is well (apart from several who are off ill with colds) and the scaffolding is nearly completely up. We look forward to hearing even more about your experiences. Sleep Well. PW x


    1. oooh, have a fabulous time tomorrow- and don’t get yourselves snowed in! It’s certainly warm enough here which we’re enjoying. The conditions those children live in is beyond what you could describe to somebody but you’ve never met a group of more enthusiastic children or supportive parents (except at South Darley, obviously!). If there’s anything any of the Juniors want to ask then tell them to let us know and we’ll try and find out if we don’t know already. Rig has all kinds exciting plans for Hastings including getting funding for the Mums to make school lunches for the children and maybe even a building for this group of children so then he could start school somewhere else under the bridge for another lot. We’re going to bed- we have to get up and it all again tomorrow! R&J xx


  3. Morning miss gill and Mrs m. Lucas has been cooking in class today and he has been talking about food to get you through the day. He would like to know what do the pupils at Hastings school have for breakfast and lunch much love Mrs manning and lucas


  4. Aaah. How welcoming. It’s lovely that the youngest is the daughter of the person who lives there! My question is…
    Does their school day have a layout? So like our school has register, then assembly, then literacy, then break and so on. So do they have a set schedule and do the teachers know exactly what they will be teaching that day? Hope you are both having a wonderful time and learning loads. From Katie and William B x


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