We got up Friday morning, made ourselves look semi-respectable and headed off to meet the principal of St. Angela’s Elementary school, Ms Wanda Spooner. A Polish lady who had arrived a few weeks ago from Galway was already in with her, and another Irish woman arrived while we were waiting. So Wanda took us all on a tour of the school, which opened out from a central atrium. It was lovely, very spacious, with wide corridors, a big gym, a well-stocked library, an environmental room with a bearskin, a tarantula and snakes (shudder), a sensory room for those who can’t sit still, and an art & science room. All the kids were enthralled by it all – every room Wanda opened by met by oohs and aahs – she must have thought we were still being taught in hedge schools in Ireland. She sent them all off to the gym and gave them hockey sticks etc., while the adults got down to the business of forms and grades etc. Christopher and Isabel will be in Grade 4, Benjamin in Grade 3 and Nicholas in Grade 1. They have recess morning and afternoon and lunch from 11.45am to 12.35pm. They can come home for lunch, which saves me the whole packed lunch horror in the mornings.
We went out that evening to the park right beside us, and played on the swings etc. for a while. Here’s a video of Friday night in Saskatoon: