Spring has officially arrived, and Cambridge is looking wonderful – what you can see of it through driving rain and occasional snow showers! Still, at least our students have had their preconceptions about the English weather confirmed………
Spring has officially arrived, and Cambridge is looking wonderful – what you can see of it through driving rain and occasional snow showers! Still, at least our students have had their preconceptions about the English weather confirmed! Here's what it should look like............
What makes this seasonal confusion worse is that here in the office, spring has been and gone, and we are already in July, working on our Summer School. While the Summer School is based around the lessons taken by everyone, the afternoon activities are huge part of the experience for very many of our students, and they take a lot of planning. Office conversation is usually about exams, choosing course books or finding homestay places, but this week it’s been quite different:
‘Does anyone have a risk assessment for owls flying free in the building?’
‘We must find the walking rope for the Early Learners’ outings – and phone the punt company to check they have enough buoyancy aids ’
‘Do the Magicians need any special facilities for their show?
We’re dealing with everything from the mundane (booking coaches and lunches) to the weirdly exotic (where to house some meerkats while they wait to go ‘on stage’) – but it’s definitely a lot more fun than everyday life in a language school! Team members are already volunteering to ‘help’ with the more exciting activities, but we have to be quite strict: if it was allowed, everyone would watch the Magic Show, and there would be no one left to answer the phone or emails!
Although winter seems determined not to give way to spring, and summer’s still a long way off, planning all these lovely activities certainly has a therapeutic effect, and is making us all look forward to 25 June and opening the Summer School doors once again to old and new friends.
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