What an eventful day!

January 27th, 2016

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imageWe had such a busy day today! It started with breakfast outside. Breakfast was very different to what we would eat at home – steamed spicy vegetables and toast – but it was scrumptious!
At 7.30am, we were picked up by the Principal, Mrs Carke, and taken to school where we met the staff, parents and children. There are lots of children in each class, with one teacher and very few teaching assistants. The children were very smiley, very lively but very well behaved. Everyone was very friendly.
At lunch time, we had the traditional dish of salt fish and ackee with yams and green banana. It was delicious but very different to our school dinners!
In the afternoon, we went on a tour of Kingston Downtown, visited the Houses of Parliament and met the Minister for Education, Minister for Finance and the Chief of Police for the whole of Kingston. We then went to the Mayor’s office and met the Deputy Mayor. We visited a huge park and a craft market. This gave us a great opportunity to see and experience the culture of the children who attend St Joseph’s. Their lives are extremely different to those of our children.
After walking for miles in hot but windy weather, we returned to school and the Principal drove us back to our hotel after showing us the sorts of homes her pupils live in. They are nothing like the houses in Great Ayton!
Tomorrow, it’s another early start with a visit to a local primary school. We have been asked to give a presentation to the five year olds in school and so will share pictures of you! The children will also meet Stan. They may even earn an ‘I made Mrs Channing smile today’ sticker or two.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to Skype you tomorrow afternoon. Take care, be good and we’ll see you very soon.


2 Responses to “What an eventful day!”

  1. Maddison on January 27, 2016 7:11 pm

    That sounded like a lovely day in Jamaca and I wonder what you will do tomorrow.what does Kingston look like and the houses the children live in?

  2. Mrs Channing on January 28, 2016 2:24 am

    Hi Maddison! It’s lovely to hear from you. Today we have been very busy – take a look at my blog! The houses and streets where many of the children live are in a very large city. It’s hot, dusty, noisy and busy with traffic and people selling things on the street. The children are not from wealthy families, but they come to school in spotless school uniforms. They look very smart and their manners are amazing!

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