The first week is done, lots more school and planning, met the Head of History - Mike Matthews, and my other Geographer, Nick Georgiou. They are both very nice, I think I am going to like working with them.I have also been given two other teachers, Jo and Felicity, neither has taught Geography before, but both are keen and I think will survive Yr7 and Yr9.
The school is split up into four houses, I am a green Crocodile, and it looks like we never win anything.We had team strengthening on Friday after school; we made rafts (well we made a surfboard and won), cycled slowly and had to carry water in our shoes, (luckily Steve was wearing Gore-Tex walking boots, so we won that as well). We did quite well on the quiz, having Khru Kunock, Head of Thai, on the team helped slightly during the Thai round. I admit we were rubbish at dropping a bamboo stick. Good afternoon and then we went over the road to a local bar.Surprisingly we didn't win, but I know realise it is a fix that we don't win anything, not good for my competitive streak- I won't be offering inter-department croquet or bowling.
The social life at Regent's seems organised, we have been here a week and already been to two socials at the Head's apartment, been out for dinner and drinks. Gareth (returning music teacher) took us out last night after Martin's.We headed for more cocktails at the Sheraton (nice cocktails - UK prices!) and then into the busiest club I have ever been to, Club Boss. Did manage to find some space to boogie, right next to the Gents and yes I swear some male looking ladies went in there. Good night all in all and I got in about 4.30am, did look at myself in the mirror and think I am getting too old for this.
Now for your cultural lesson - today language. Before I arrived I had loads of emails from Regent's, all from people called Khun.I thought that either it was a very common name or that it was Thai for Mr or Mrs. Turns out I was wrong on both counts, Khun is a title given to all our support staff, it shows their statue.I would not be Khun, but Khru (pronounced crew), meaning teacher.So in a Thai school the kids would call me Khru Robinson.
I have learnt a few basics, such as hello and thank you.So here goes, the first thing to note is that if you are female you finish most statements/sentences with Kha (pronounced like the Ford Ka) and if you are male then the end of a sentence is Khrap (Pronounced… you guessed it crap).
Hello - pronounced swar de ka/crap
Thank you - pronounced cop kun ka/crap
That's your Thai lesson for the day.