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Term 1 is Over!

My first term in Cyprus is coming to an end and the town is donning its Christmas attire! This term has been amazing and I can’t believe all the things I’ve learned and amazing people I’ve met! The school really is a family and I’m ending the school year feeling really privileged that I’ve been made a part of it!

I’d forgotten how much fun being in a school at Christmas could be. I’ve never had a job before, where I go into work with a smile on my face every day knowing that something will make me happy and glad I’m there. This week, the festivities have been never ending! We’ve not just been celebrating Christmas but achievements the students have been working towards all term. We’ve named the star of the term, elected the student council representatives and the winners of the golden diners contest have had their prize! I should explain what golden diners consists of… each day one table wins ‘golden diners’ and the next day they get a tablecloth, centerpiece and just general pride at being the quietest and most civilized table. They then get to put a golden circle on the chart. At the end of the term the class with the most golden circles gets the ultimate golden diners! They even get served by the teachers and pick their food from a menu!

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12 Days of Christmas… placement style!

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A sunny day by the Mediterranean Sea

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Two evil eyes
and a sunny day by the Mediterranean Sea

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Three terms of student loan
Two evil eyes
and a sunny day by the Mediterranean Sea

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Lessons Learned

Patience is a virtue.

Before I started my placement, I thought I was a moderately patient person. I get frustrated with self-checkout machines and their non-existent items in the bagging area but I’m totally cool with driving behind elderly citizens without feeling the need to tailgate. Just average patience levels, really. However, being a teaching assistant at a language immersion primary school can require patience on a Gandhi level. On days when you’re feeling a little ill, tired or hangry (hunger anger), spending a good 15 minutes miming what an alien is isn’t ideal. Kids can almost sense when patience has potential to be tested and oh, they do test!

Kids are hilarious.

Having said all that about patience, I do have to admit, it’s definitely not an effort going to work in a morning. I’ve never done a job before where I’m 100% sure I’ll belly laugh at least once throughout the day. Those hilarities can come from anything from being asked if you’re menopausal to songs about anti-bullying efforts to the suggestion of David Attenborough jumping out of a plane and plunging to his death. The minds of children are vast and amazing; you never know what’s going to come out of their mouth! DIY Although living in the Mediterranean sounds idyllic, and for the most part it is, the Med lifestyle can be somewhat displeasing whilst trying to get things done. For example, I’ve been waiting on a handyman for approximately two months. He appeared a couple of weeks ago, took a look at the issues, told me he’d be back the next day. Never saw him again. Due to these kinds of things, ingenious DIY ideas such as my window fixed by a spoon, are essential. (the spoon window was my finest hour, if I do say so myself). If something’s broken, I’ve found the best strategy is to attempt to fix it. You never know when it’s going to get done properly! Superglue is the best investment I’ve made while being out here, so far its fix list is: shoes, handbag strap, phone charger, sunglasses and my bathroom shelf. The possibilities are endless.

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