Well guys, we did a great job. It was a hardperiod of our lives but we did it :) we made it ! We are now finished with school... Couldeveryone please leave a comment and say where they are going for sure? that way we'll always know :) thanks xxxx
It is Tuesday morning and people are starting to arrive in the préau. All the people who have L4 or physics are getting ready for their double lesson. The rest of the pupils are sleeping in. Everyone is sleepy and gets a right shock when Sarah comes screaming “ABSENCES” dangling the two sheets with the class' absences. It's 8.25 and Mr. Meirschaut screams « ALLER là! On va en cours!!! Il a sonner aller la ! ». Everyone moans and slowly go up the stairs for their lesson.
Most of the people have L4 Spanish and go to room 628 for their lesson with Señor Saenz. Ronan and Mark go to the back of the room and lean their chairs against the wall and will not move for the whole of the double lesson. Nora and Laura M decide to annoy of one the many Portuguese guys in the class, by stealing pens and other work related items out of his pencil case. At this point Mr. Saenz will announce that they will be singing yet another Spanish song, to which Rachel and Jess, sitting at the front, grin and groan respectively. After this tradition, the class decides that they need some sort of relief and all proceed to the Salle Jean Monet for a perverted Spanish film. The only English person to have L4 Dutch is Sarah who gladly goes to room 611 to learn no more Dutch. Anna goes to her French lesson where she stuffs her face with cakes and learns lyrics to once popular French songs. Gregory, Dinidh, Juan and Radek go to Frau Maier's room for the weekly double dose of German class. This consists of doing pointless exercises in their text book, and of Frau Maier mishearing our answers, taking them as right, and thinking we all are stars.
At 10.05, the bell rings and the class is yet again divided, this time into two groups. Everyone who has philosophy 4 periods go downstairs to the study whereas the others go into philosophy. Anna and Clara go to the machine about three times while Mark sits listening to his Ipod without moving for 45 minutes. Matthew does the same and occasionally screams “LISTEN TO THIS SONG!! It's so cool!!!” refusing to move his feet when people are trying to pass. Douglas sits calmly while at least 10 people ask him to help them with their Maths, Biology or Chemistry homework. He makes photocopies of these so everyone can share. Next to him, Sarah sits painting her nails in different colors and sending notes with smiley faces on them to everyone in the study. Rachel B buys a Twix and a coffee at 10o'clock and manages to *savour* it for the whole 50 minutes. Clara comes in exited and turns on MTV while Xavier, who hasn't learnt how to use the door, truly believes he is trapped in the basket ball area. Shankar walks in and the window explodes, no one knows why! Sonia calmly reads her book and for 45 minutes everyone sits there criticizing the Tsunami placemats which are hanging on the window. Meanwhile on the other side of the school, 2 hour philosophy class is in room 416 with Mr. Sorrell. The bell rings, and everyone is still outside waiting for Mr. Sorrell to finish his hourly cigarette. When he finally arrives, he walks in, checks his phone to see when his next cigarette will commence and begins. Unsurprisingly, he somehow manages to relate his ex-wife and new car to Heidegger and Dasein. As Sonia walks in late, Mr. Sorrell gently smiles at her while Alice and Muti seem to write down word for word his every lesson. Laura sits there, pretending to take notes, when in fact she is drawing pictures and recounting her latest exploits to Nora, who sits there, battering her eyelids at Mr. Sorrell and applying lip gloss. When Edward comes in late, Mr. Sorrell groans at him. Dinidh and Benjamin always manage to disagree with Sorrell on some issue, and these discussions normally end with Benjamin saying "chill out" and Dinidh still believing he is right. Sonia, sits attentively sometimes making an inaudible comment or two to which mister Sorrell jumps to attention and either does his "mental marking", or gets on one knee and says "this is why I love this girl so much....". He then either listens to someone's philosophical comment, says "But hang on a second", and then promptly returns to talking about his ex-wife. During this whole time Philip, Radek and Ronan seem to either be sleeping, or staring blankly at the nearest wall/window. Greg lolls his head from side to side and still manages to make comments on how his views of the world are unequivocally true. Riccardo escapes this lively class by making jokes with Juan and Nuño (both leaning with their chairs against the wall), and inevitably agreeing with everything Mr. Sorrell says. Ed, the quiet one of the class, sits nearest to Mr. Sorrell (after having come in late) yet manages to come out with some relevant and interesting comment. He has yet to be challenged in his views. Finally, the bell rings and half the class rushes out, while the other half makes on-the-spot excuses on why their homework is half a year late, or else to beg for good marks. Mr. Sorrell mentally wills them to leave, so that he can return to the quiet of the smoker's room.
It's 10.55 and the bell rings. It's little break. Everyone splits up and desperately tries to get to their locker while about 300 pupils all come down at once squashing everyone in order to get to their locker first. While Portuguese couples are using our lockers as a place to express their physical feelings towards each other, the English all sit on the stairs leading to the art rooms. Many of them look as if they are just out of bed. At 11.10, the people who managed to get to their lockers, or the people who manage to stand up, leave for their next lesson. The English class is divided into two maths groups - 3hour maths and 5hour maths, this in no way reflects mathematical skills, but is designed so that the smart ones think that they are being clever. Little did they know at option making time, that universities do not distinguish between the two classes.
Everyone stands in front of their class on the second floor. Mr. Bishop and Mr. Ashbourne are usually in their rooms talking about maths theories. Mr. Bishop realizes he is running late and screams “Right everyone in you go!” and desperately tries to get everyone in. Three minutes later Laura M and Nora decide they need to go to the loo at the same time. Inside class 536, Benjamin and Dinidh scream “TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL”. The majority of the female class members, one in particular, stares lovingly at Mr. Bishop, and wondering why he doesn't notice them. Although many members of the class appear to be working, they are either passing notes, passing Ipods, or passing around Mr. Bishop's mathematical shapes from the back shelf. The only studious ones are Douglas, Hannah and Sonia, all of which pay for their crimes by having to photocopy their notes for the other 90% of the class. At this point Sarah gets up to write something important on the board, mainly about absences or how we all owe more money to the school. Shouts of "BOORRING" are heard from the back of the class. At this point Mr. Bishop decides it's time to lecture the same certain people, which evolves into a more general lecture on how "your bac is only 6 months away" etc. To this, the class groans, and replies "Mr. Bishop I have more work for you", or else say "Bacca-what?” There is never any end of class rush, as more than one person has been counting the minutes left, and so as a collective, spurred by Mr. Bishop's famous "Right pack your things away", jumps up and is out of there before you can say "Fannnntastic". Just next door is Mr. Ashbourne's infinitely superior 5 hour maths class (not). As the lesson is supposed to commence, Mr. Ashbourne emerges from his classroom with his usual slightly scary smile and tries to convince his students to come in. Slowly they trickle in. Greg walks in and sits on the desk behind him whirling a dirty shoelace-like piece of string while making his usual arrogant comments. Getting desperate, Mr. Ashbourne goes out to physically extract Sonia from Edward's arms. Clara, always last, rushes in, breathlessly making her half-apology. Once everyone is finally seated, Xav bursts into hysterical uncontrollable laughter, practically splitting his sides for no apparent reason while the rest look on puzzled but amused. Clara goes out to the toilet. Sarah enters the class to make an announcement about the Bac book, which is followed by an announcement from Polly about the Bac T-shirt. Mr. Ashbourne tries to start some maths-like activity, but unfortunately is interrupted by Clara's loud laughter as Philip, with his Polish charm, tells her that her eyes 'are like precious gemstones in a lake of Nivea skin cream'. Mr. Ashbourne writes a question up on the board and the class unwillingly attempts it. After having written nothing on his page, Greg sits back and declares that the question is stupid and that it 'doesn't work'. The class rolls their eyes. Mr. Ashbourne walks up to Polly, and questions her as to why she never does any work and then proceeds to tell some terrible joke that no-one understands. Clara goes to the toilet again. Seeing that the class is already stuck on the maths and is giving up, Mr. Ashbourne attempts to explain it by using his imaginary 3D axes that include the classroom floor, two adjacent walls, Mr. Bishop's room and Mr. Swallow's room below. This failing, he tries his robotic “3D vectors” dance with his arms. Again, Xav laughs uncontrollably. By this time the bell rings and the students march promptly out, shouting a hurried good-bye if Mr. Ashbourne's lucky.
When everyone has left their maths' room, the class is divided into two other groups: the infamous A and B. The A's rush upstairs to Dr. Moxham's classroom while the B's head downstairs to Mr. Caldon's class. We're all slumped against the wall, waiting for Dr Moxham, who is, once again, late. He comes rushing up 5 minutes after the bell has tolled and apologizes breathlessly. We file in and fall into our seats, already depressed by the idea of having to write an essay for three hours. To gain some time, someone asks him whether he's correct our prose appreciations, to which he answers that, much to his dismay, he's been too busy for the past two months to even look at them. We're not surprised. He illegibly scrawls the title of our essay on the board and breezes out of the room, after having slung his handy carrying pouch across his shoulder. He announces that he'll be back later to collect our papers. We all know where he's off to: a coffee/cigarette break while we painfully toil over the different metaphorical journeys encountered in Life of Pi. Clara absents herself for a quick trip to the food machine. Greg jumps up and sits down in Moxham's seat where he proceeds to complain about the system. James takes out his Ipod and scribbles on his differently colored All Stars while Conall and Ronan discuss last week-end's match. Nora burst out in song and Anna continuously smiles and laughs. In the end, no one's done any work when Dr Moxham comes back in, expecting our masterpieces Meanwhile, as the other half heads into room 427, Mr. Caldon sits at his desk and takes out his purple pen. Everyone is talking and he gets mad by saying “Register first!” and starts with Nuño and ending it with David. When he has wasted 2 minutes, he looks up and sees Dinidh eyebrow piercing and says “Did you actually pay someone to stick a needle through your eyebrow??” to which Dinidh turns around and looks at Benjamin and says “BATTY BOY”. Xavier comes in late, announcing that he did indeed do his homework, but claims it's on a diskette and he has no printer. To which Mr. Caldon replies “Call me old fashioned, but I don't know how to use a diskette.” During that time, Nuño and Riccardo are having an argument. Mr. Caldon calls out Nuño who gives him the scariest looking look. To this Mr. Caldon threatens him to come sit in the “babyseat” which consists of sitting a meter away from our beloved teacher. Meanwhile, the rest of the class is silent and Sarah raises her hand to make yet another announcement to the class. Mr. Caldon then says “yes Sonia?” not knowing who is Sonia and who is Sarah. When the confusion is over, Mr. Caldon returns to teaching by explaining how he calls the BBC everyday to report a spelling mistake on their news forecast, while screaming at Paul to stop leaning against the wall. At this point, Shankar comes, in looking totally lost, explaining how he has misplaced his hat and can't find it. At this point the bell rings and everybody leaves as Mr. Caldon desperately tries to get us to write in our agendas what to do for tomorrow ...
After lunch break it is yet another English lesson which continues as the first lesson. Another double lesson then goes on. This time the class is divided into many groups. A big bunch of the class goes to Mrs. Deegan's class for chemistry while some have computing and others art. Everybody skips into class 613; merrily greeting Mr. Buxton wearing a pink shirt and chinos, pencil case at hand. Benjamin begins to read a poem at three words per minute gives up and alternates between the words “bambaclan” and “safe”. Lucy answers EVERY question asked with Benjamin shouting “bbboooring” in the background. Rachel manages to attach things to her eyes and Dinidh tells Mr. Buxton everyone's deepest secrets and TRIES to get a word in edgeways using really long words that he doesn't know the meaning of. Meanwhile, Anna draws silly little pictures in people's poetry books, intermittently solving every word square and possibly answering something correctly from time to time while Dinidh tries to be funny to which Mr. Buxton responds: “yes Dinidh, you're SO witty”. After hours of harassing Mr. Buxton they all play 'THE GAME', then skip back out of the classroom congratulating each other for being the most “mediocre”, yet utterly “entertaining” App. English class Mr. Buxton has ever had the pleasure of teaching... It's just another double lesson of chemistry on a Tuesday afternoon but today we've been infiltrated by a Russian spy who goes by the name of Dimitri. Clara arrives late with an apologetic smirk on her face and she joins Matthew and Phil at the back of class. They begin thinking up some rather dire jokes. Muti is heard screaming as a giant spider scrambles across her desk. It's now time for an experiment but we take a whole lesson to prepare. Polly tells us what to do because she's done it all before in lab-chem. No-one wears their safety specs. Mark refuses to help Paul and Douglas and his laziness is now responsible for a failed experiment and a caustic odor which lingers in the classroom for the next week. Alice and Polly are credited for producing the only positive results in the class. Mrs. Deegan hands out some homework and miraculously everyone gets a 10. It's no surprise because we're all geniuses. She now collects in a next batch of homework but Ed, Mark and Matthew don't have theirs because they're still catching up from after Christmas. Every so often we all look back to check that Reinout, who hasn't said a word, isn't dead. Meanwhile Sonia and Ed doodle obscene pictures in each other's notebooks. Mrs. Deegan's questions about phenol are drowned out by Riccardo's rather enthusiastic answers. He then begins a conversation with the teacher on the subject of what life was like in Namibia. The bell rings and we escape the classroom but only after our folder has been loaded with 20 new pages of information on buffers, none of which we understand.
Written by: Sonia Dunlop Anna Manthey Dinidh O'Brien Sarahann Sheikh Nora Sturm Douglas Stewart