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It’s official now. Moisio School has little fishes as pets. First is seemed like a joke -who would take care of them? is anyone interested in them? you can’t even pet a fish!– but the fish tank has proved to be a success story. There is a group of pupils that are now trained fish keepers. Their task is to take care of the feeding and keeping the tank clean. All the fishes have been given names and there was even a ceremony with cookies and soda doing that! Every fish also has a god parent. When one of the fishes died, there was a funeral. It was a sad moment. But then there have been new births, too and of course a new name giving party.
Since it’s boring doing nothing inside during the breaks, we got a table tennis table. The problem just was where to put it since the hall ways are pretty narrow. But after a short search the table found its place. The ball gets now a heavy slugging! It’s important to find the pupils something to do for the break so that they wouldn’t break things – get it? a word play!
Another way to keep the pupils entertained. Since we got a hundred or so more pupils compared to the previous August (the school walls are swelling with some 570 pupils now) the school needs to keep the pupils busy, as well. The football game has been a huge hit – the small football disappears every now and then, though…
The newest add to the school staff on the right. Pepsi is his name and he is the school’s canine helper. His contract has just started and he comes to school for the start only once or twice a week. There is a huge pile of studies proving how having pets in the class room makes the atmosphere more relaxed and pupils’ school results get better, too. The teacher on the left teaches a group that have learning difficulties. Having a dog around is still an experiment here in Moisio, we’ll see later on how Pepsi reacts to his new job and how the pupils feel around him. Yes, and, of course Pepsi has god parents, too, who take care of him during the breaks, for instance take him out if he feels a desire to lift his hind leg.
Am I not cute, or what?
Language week. One theme was to find out which corners of the world Moisio students have visited. The white dots show where people have been. No, no one had been to Greenland or the Antarctic! The world atlas was part of the language week with decoration in the hall ways with flags and all. There was also quiz on languages. The task was to recognize as many of the languages written on the wall as possible. There were also speeches on different languages every morning the whole week – one in and about the German language as well.
Did your mouth slip out a filthy word? There was a campaign where the pupils were reminded of polite manners and the fact that there is no need to say everything before you think twice. The students (as well as some naughty teachers) were escorted to the school lobby to turn their foul language into sweet words if one heard them say something that you wouldn’t dare tell your granny. It didn’t take too long until the mirror was full of new beautiful words.
There was also a poster competition, where students expressed their concern about bad and filthy language manners.