A Tribute? What I Have Learnt? I Love These Guys!

27 Jun

I know I keep babbling on about the end of the school year here this week, but it’s pretty much been totally consuming me lately.

So, this is what I have learnt from the students this year and a few last thoughts…

* I have massive respect for each and every one of them for thei self-confidence to travel so far away from home at such a young age and study their GCSEs in another language.

* It has been an absolute pleasure to see them grow in to such confident, and decent, young people. I remember when a lot of them arrived at the beginning of the year they didn’t know how to change the sheets on their bed or understand why I was asking them to wash their dish after a snack, but the progress over the last 9 months has been amazing!

* I now know so many little snippets in other languages – and enough swear words to pretty much insult anybody in any European and many other countries I think! haha 😛

* I grew up in a little village in the middle of nowhere and have had a pretty sheltered upbringing, so the exposure to such a range of different cultures and traditions has been quite the experience (and learning curve!)

* It sounds stupid, but I’ve learned to talk slowly, and express myself better. I can reel off 5 different explanations for things at the drop of a hat these days!

* Finally, they’ve taught me to have more self-confidence. These kids are amazing – and if they can do it, then so can I!

What have you learned from the people you work with?

Sophie

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