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  • We did. Thanks for bypassing the red tape and stopping by.

  • I’m glad I make you laugh sometimes Phoebe. I quite agree: what would I have to do without the bureaucracy…? Thanks for stopping by. #AllAboutFrance

  • On a recent trip to the UK I took the girls on a London bus. The Curly One, who must have been a bloodhound in a former life, suddenly wrinkled her nose in distaste. “Mummy,” she said, in her well-spoken fog […]

  • Oh my goodness. That sounds HORRENDOUS. I am so pleased that your husband was ok in the end, but really?!?!?!? And I am now very worried about the fact that we have been told the exact opposite. I suspect that the […]

  • Oh my goodness! I hope he was ok? There is always the European number, 112, which I think I will resort to as it means you don’t have to remember. Goodness.

  • Yes, you get a greater sense of achievement at the end at least…

  • Emily commented on the post, The given day 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    That’s interesting. I think we’re hitting on regional differences. When I taught here, I spent the day before term started arguing with my colleagues about who would get which pupil in their class. I kid you not. […]

  • The other day I heard the emotive tale of a British five-year-old who had saved her mother’s life by dialling 999 when she went into anaphylactic shock. Good point, I thought: I ought to teach the kids what to d […]

  • Emily commented on the post, The given day 5 months ago

    I think you’re right. And up to a point they’re right too: it’s France, so the system is designed around the French. I just wish that they could use their imaginations enough to realise that outsiders are not so […]

  • Emily commented on the post, The given day 5 months, 1 week ago

    That’s exactly it. You have to know, and I don’t know how you know if it’s not by osmosis. Thanks for dropping by.

  • Emily commented on the post, The given day 5 months, 1 week ago

    Thank you. It either takes courage or naievety. And there are big rewards, which make it worthwhile. But extra-curriculars here are for adults, too… You should go to your local forum des associations and join in […]

  • Emily commented on the post, The given day 5 months, 1 week ago

    Exactly – the system in the UK is a bit random – flexible but not predictable. The system here is rigid and inflexible, but you know where you are (once you work it out).

  • Emily commented on the post, The given day 5 months, 1 week ago

    Ha! Yes, nothing changes. There probably are people who just expect information to be delivered to them, and possibly in English, though I don’t know anyone like that. In the case of the person I spoke to, she had […]

  • Emily commented on the post, The given day 5 months, 1 week ago

    It is worth it, you’re right, but unless you are prepared for the 1 September cut off for EVERYTHING (and the enormous rentrée cheques) it’s a little bit of a shock. Often organisers are willing to be a bit kind […]

  • Emily commented on the post, The given day 5 months, 1 week ago

    Ah! That is a comfort. Actually, dance has already got much easier because it’s every year and we know the teacher, but new activities. Argh. As I say, I think everything is fine once you are in the system […]

  • Emily commented on the post, The given day 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Well, of course! Why would anyone check the email?

  • Emily commented on the post, The given day 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Well, it’s changing, but basically you go to your local school. It’s the default. If you decide to pay for a bit of Catholicism then you go elsewhere but otherwise your local school is obliged to take you. In this […]

  • Emily commented on the post, The given day 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    No, in the UK (which I don’t think is better, by the way) there are some basic guidelines but holidays are all over the shop, depending on region, state/vs private and school-level decisions about teacher training […]

  • Emily commented on the post, The given day 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Ha! I think the system does work, Shoena, it’s just perplexing for outsiders… I hope maternelle is going ok? And hope you spotted the fact that you had inspired this post.

  • One of the happy side-effects of becoming a bloggeuse is the number of people who get in touch after they have just moved to France. A fortnight ago I spoke to one such person. Her two young children were due to […]

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