Emily

  • Emily commented on the post, Stamp of approval 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    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 3 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. […]

  • Emily wrote a new post, Stamp of approval 3 weeks ago

    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 3 weeks, 5 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month, 1 week ago

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

  • Emily commented on the post, The given day 1 month, 1 week 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 1 month, 1 week 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 1 month, 1 week 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 […]

  • Hmmmmmmm. History suggests Macron, though I live in hope!

  • Fantastic! You don’t half get about! What is Emma doing in Thailand? And where in Spain? Aw, France is great if you are prepared to weather the admin…

  • Emily commented on the post, Your number’s up 2 months ago

    I quite agree. Perhaps we should set up an agency for doing precisely this? In France, the problem is particularly perplexing because most French people moan about it and want to see it changed. The problem is […]

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