• School work

    I have started writing about my school experience in England, I haven't quite finished, but as a starter, I have a few school things which, upon looking at them carefully, something I'd never done, revealed funny little idiosyncrasies. This little English-French vocabulary notebook, for instance, on which "classe trois" is written:

    School things

    opens on a fairly normal first page:

    School things

    It isn't surprising there should be mistakes such as "the childrens" or "Good bay" (goodbye the way the French would spell it); but the third page is perhaps more amusing:

    School things

    Especially the little conversation between Anne and her Grandfather... I have no idea when this was used and written.

    When I was at Saint Monicas, with Miss Jeffcott, which must have been 1973 I think, there was a school outing to Hampton Court, and as is commonly done, the class had to fill questionnaires about the place. I don't know why I have a (faintly) handwritten one with all the 20 questions:

    School things

    But what's rather fun is my answer to question n°9 "how did you get to the Palace?":

    School things

    Never mind that I made a mistake on "coach", which somebody must have tried to indicate to me was the right word to write down; but just before, there is "by road", and so I wonder if my well-established irony was already in use? I might of course have misunderstood the meaning of the question, but that's not likely!

    BTW, just above, for question 8 "From what materials is the palace built?", all the answers are in French: métal, platre, verre (metal, plaster, glass).

    To finish off, here's a page with sea-creatures, which could have been done while I was sitting at the bottom of the class, getting bored during biology:

    School things

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  • Comments

    Jane Evans
    Tuesday 24th September 2013 at 21:54

    Yves, I just had a quick look at your Hampton Court review.  I think we would have gone in about 1968 or 69 as I moved to senior school in 1970 and I was in Miss Jephcott's class when I was about 10 yrs old I think.  I am very impressed you still have this information.  Do you remember the bonbons from Mr Ainger outside the Maze exit?

    Wednesday 25th September 2013 at 11:40

    Wow, then Miss Jeffcott's class would have been 1970?? I wonder; this seems very early!  I remember the maze at HC, but alas, not the scene with the bonbons! Perhaps he had given them to me because I had lost myself, come out late and it was to comfort me? I think the HC handwritten document which is scanned above comes from my mum's "children's treasures" that she had kept, and must have given back to me a few years ago. Otherwise I would never have retained it.

    Thursday 26th September 2013 at 23:07

    Well I was in St Monica's from 1967-71 and I had no idea that from time to time, French cousins of mine were being taught elsewhere in the school. But I do remember an occasion when a dignatory with a familiar face was shown into our classroom (Class 8 Miss Baker). "Hello Auntie!" I said brightly, for it was Auntie Olive. Perhaps she was on a tour of the school whilst negotiating your later visits? 

    Thursday 26th September 2013 at 23:09

    Remember "Bon Voyage, numero un"....?

    Friday 27th September 2013 at 21:41

    That's right, "Bon voyage!", I remember that one: her French audio lessons!

    No, I don't think she would have needed to negotiate anything for us... She was probably there to make the link between schools, or something of the kind.

    Jane Evans
    Monday 30th September 2013 at 21:14

    the bonbons may have been to cheer you up perhaps!!! who knows ha! You know Miss Jephcott's class may even have been 1969 - can you imagine that????? it really doesn't seem that long ago does it?

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