Sunday, August 16, 2009

End of Term quiz

Saturday morning was the end of the term for the school here at the house. There are two classes, one here in Bikenibeu and one one in Betio that Laae teaches. We went to Betio for the two classes to compete in a quiz and then to present their dramas and songs to each other and their parents. The morning ended with lunch. The morning was fun, but also frustrating for me. It started with rushing around to get everyone ready to leave in time. We had donuts (Kiribati donuts are different from American donuts, but still good) for breakfast in the car on the way. When we got to the school, I found out that I had to score my class's exams differently and fill out progress reports for each of my students. I didn't want to have to do this at the time they were due! Now I know for next term. We started with a quiz where the students were in two teams with their class and they stood up to answer questions for points. The Bikenibeu class got the most points, but some of the questions were confusing, even for me. Again, I know now to plan some questions for next term. At the end of the questions, we presented our dramas. My class did The Boy Who Cried Wolf. I was really proud of them. We spent a lot of time on it. Conn videoed it, but we haven't watched it yet to see how it turned out. I'm going to let my class watch it to see how they did. I think the main thing is they needed to speak louder. The songs went really well too. They sang If You're Happy and You Know It, The Hole in the Ground, and Skip To My Lou. For lunch, Conn got some donuts and cut them open and made sandwiches with corned beef. They were pretty good. We got the idea to make some sauce and we could try to make NC style bar-b-que with corned beef instead of pork. We can't wait to try it.
By the end of the event, I had a splitting headache. We came back home and were due to go to Temwaiku for a botaki there. We helped clean up here first, then went there. That party was for their daughter who recently "eloped". They spend the first two weeks with the husband's family, then her family goes there to get them and brings them to stay with her family for two weeks. This was the end of that time when his family comes back to get them again and the couple is free to go between the two families. It's to show that the family is happy the couple is staying together. The kids played with the other kids there, and Conn helped with the preparations while I finally got to take a nap. It ended up being a very busy day, and the quietness of our Sunday was very welcome. I finished reading James' book, Artemis Fowl, and did some cross stitch. Now, we have 2 weeks off from our school before the next term starts. Hopefully we'll get to do some planning and preparing during this time. Conn is starting to make candy with Laae to sell and we're hoping to start a preschool class with the new term. I found a store that has school supplies and books. I look forward to going back and looking around there more.


  1. How old are the students in your class?

    Some biblical scholars say that John 14:2-3 is based on the image of a wedding custom in ancient Palestine that sounds a lot like the custom you describe for the couple. Matthew 25:1-13 is probably a similar setting.

    Thus endeth the lesson.

    Belton and Toni

  2. Hi Jennifer and family,
    Once again, another interesting post. You guys are doing some celebrating, and I can understand the headache! I hope you have a good 2 week break. Of course, school is getting ready to start here and teachers returned to work this week. I'm kind of missing the excitement of a new year (lost my job in the budget cuts). Take care and God bless!

  3. What a marvelously busy day, your poor head! I can hardly wait to see the pictures of all these lovely celebrations. Thanks for the stories that create pictures in my mind's eye.
    Love and hugs, Cheryle