Or, The Duck Olympics.
The word on the street yesterday afternoon was that we’d be teaching today. It started raining last night and while it was not so bad first thing, the rain has increased since then. Thus I came into school expecting to be facing classes, but about morning exercise time, there was a hubbub of voices outside and students from the main school came streaming out of the big lecture theatre.
We were then told that the sports days were back on although this announcement was greeted with some scepticism, and the rain, which did ease briefly, has since got heavier. Nonetheless, the little darlings are out sitting in the school stadium, sheltering under their umbrellas; but as far as I can tell from the silence, nothing would appear to be happening, and I’m reluctant to go because someone might just see sense and cancel the entire business.
Also, on a more practical level, I’d be sparing myself at least one outing if I stayed here until lunchtime.
In other news, I read an article online about the rating of Chinese students’ proficiency in English, which placed them quite far down the international rankings. If I had to estimate the average proficiency of Chinese students once they reach the 高考, I’d guess it’d be IELTS 3 to 4, perhaps buoyed up by their writing. As I’ve mentioned before, for most students here, English is a book language which is soon forgotten once students have left school.
Or, the sequel to ‘To Sport or not to Sport’.
How cruel the weather gods continue to be. We were all being weather watchers in the office today. The forecast via Baidu remains bad, but via a site which Chaminda uses, the outlook is a great deal more optimistic. It was meant to be a mixture of rain and sunny spells today, but it ended up just being sunny spells.
There’s no guarantee that tomorrow will be more of the same. Last year, Masi reminded me today, it did rain, but that cleared up by midday. I won’t be at all surprised if it’s grey and wet tomorrow, although the weather has been so full of threats which have never come, I don’t know what to make of it.
29.09.11 For some inexplicable reason, this entry was posted without a title. WP has been being a little glitchy recently.
That is the question.
As long-time readers will know, I cannot abide having my weekends stolen from me after holidays. It’s about time the imperial government said that the National Day is a week for schools, or merely the standard three days, and that’s it.
I’ve been hoping that we might get our missing days back because on Thursday and Friday the school is meant to be having its sports days. Unfortunately, the weather has been very, very grey over the past few days, and the forecast is not promising. So far, it’s only been accurate in that it’s been cloudy, but the rain we keep being promised hasn’t arrived so far. Tomorrow, we’re being threatened with a thunderstorm, and Friday with rain.
So far I’ve been very lucky with sports days. The closest shave was in Chengdu when the events started later in the morning, but I think this year the weather god is against us; or may just glare at us a lot.
However, keep your fingers crossed because it would be nice to have an extra couple of days off.
It must be sports day.
Yes, it’s sports day time again, and the weather gods, true to the traditions of the past eight years, have decreed that the days should be grey with a perpetual threat of rain. Actually, we’ve got the drizzle-cum-rain, but the events are continuing nonetheless.
When I saw that it was raining last night, I had my doubts about today. When I got up this morning and saw that it didn’t seem to have changed at all overnight, I trudged into school to find that the opening ceremony (the only part of such days for which students have done any practice) was under way in spite of the weather louring menacingly. Finding another of my colleagues here, who had expected to be teaching because of the state of the weather, I had a long chat before two more strays wandered in, and I decided to head home.
My progress was arrested by the recollection that I needed to go to China Mobile and put more money on my phone, and by the increasing precipitation, which sent me back to school in case we were summoned when it might be pouring with rain.
In spite of the weather, the events have continued, and it’s probably safe for me to head home to catch up on some much needed sleep.
Actually, the other thing I want to do is to post an entry here using Live Writer, which I set up last night, but too late for me to try an experimental post. Because WP seems a little more browser friendly than Spaces was, I may find that Live Writer confers no advantages. Last question: is Live Writer going to go the way of Spaces? [20.09.14. The answer is mostly “yes”. I still have Windows Live Writer, but never use it. It seems not to have been updated since 2011, and attempts to get it to work have always foundered at some point during the set-up.]