Last Monday, all the kids belonging to nursery education and primary education started to arrive to the school and everything started getting much busier and noisier than all the previous two weeks.
As of today secondary students arrived, too. Happy faces, new faces and not-so-new faces all at once, as students from the past come back this year again preceded by their stories and quite a bit of expectation. While waiting in the playground to be called, greeted and be assigned a tutor and a class, some students came to me to say hello, tell their summer stories and ask lots of questions dealing with the rumours about the changes being made in the school for this year. Group changes, the books, new tutors in some levels, new teachers, a new teaching assistant from Canada... It's also been nice to being able to tell some girl how proud I was of her September exams results and of her spectacular course recovery in the last months of the past academic year. ESO 3 is probably the hardest level due mostly to the high hormone levels that the students have!!
For this course, students all over the school are being mixed, I mean, students have (pretty much) been in the same group since they were 3 years old, with the same classmates jumping from 1ºA to 2ºA, etc... But now that's changed. There's been a mixture of pupils between lines A and B in all courses, and that will happen every course from now on. That has caused life-long friends to become somehow "separated" (they are still in the class next door) but tears have been running when the groups were assigned (especially by some nice girls, which was kind of moving). However, we think that's best for them and I hope that they'll get used to it in a week or two. And it's been really rewarding to see some girl coming running through the hall later, smiling and saying: 'Pablo! I'm having you in English this year again!". Isn't that something? Haha!