Well, the past few weeks of holiday really flew by! It was great to have a bit of time to relax and kick back at the beach for a bit. I had the opportunity to see my brother from Hong Kong on Samui for a few days, which was great! Like all good things, holiday had to come to an end.
This semester we welcome two new teachers, Alex and Ashton! Alex has previously taught in Thailand before, which will help his learning curve at Thida. He’s set to take over Emma’s P1 class (they have all the fun kids!), while Ashton will take over Brittney’s P6 class. We spent some time with them this week reviewing their various responsibilities over the past two days, hopefully addressing any concerns and questions they had! Both seem very excited and I know they’ll do a great job in the classroom. As always, we encouraged them to relax, have fun, smile, and enjoy themselves! The more fun they’re having in the classroom, the quicker the kids will take a liking to them, increasing fun for all.
Today we had our general year meeting with Peter–of course, the second semester really flies by, so it was a good chance to re-connect with everybody and remind us to buckle down and maximize the time we have in the classroom. The scary part is the Christmas break is here in about 7 weeks time!
This week has also seen a lot of traffic around the streets of Surat. The dragon boat races are going on around town, and the floats have been seen all over the roads….of course, makes for a longer commute, but very interesting to see! There was a lot of traditional Thai dress and dance, and the streets were packed to see everything! A nice way to end the holiday break. Of course, I should remember to wear sunscreen and not wear light blue!!