"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Parents' evening

Parents' evening today. I did think I'd got away with it. Nothing had been mentioned until just before half term but there you are, you can't win 'em all.
In this school the system is that all the teachers see parents in the hall, rather than in their own classrooms, which is what I've always been used to. This is because there was an incident last year with a threatening parent - a sad sign of the times. So at lunch-time today, someone (I wonder who?) came up with the brilliant idea of having a row of tables with us behind them and 'interviewing' parents, one at a time, a la Dragon's Den or doing an Anne Robinson You are the weakest link, good-bye!
Well, it would have been different...

4 comments:

JustSue said...

When the boy was still in highschool, the teachers would all set up in the gynamsium, auditorium and cafeteria (they had a large faculty) in a manner quite similar to what you are describing, I am sure.

As a parent, lost in a large highschool, it certainly made life a lot easier to find each subject head under one roof as it were; rather than trailing from one end of the campus to the other, forlornly clinging to timetables and wondering where "Room 7b - physics" was.

Sorry, just had a total flash back to my 80's comprehensive experience...shiver.

Jennyta said...

High schools do organise their parents' evenings like that, Sue, but it's unusual in primary schools.

krip said...

It's about time they introduced a kids evening where the bright young things can tell their teachers what they think of them. Now wouldn't that be a revelation.

Jennyta said...

Wht a brilliant idea, Krip! Trouble is, you might not get the teachers to attend. And pupils these days tend not to wait for a special evening to tell you what they think of you. :(

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