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This week’s post on the weekly activities of TGS. Read last week’s post here.
I WAS BROUGHT UP in a school system when every day was more or less routine. Morning assemblies where the Principal talked and talked without bothering to even find out if we were listening. Classes were no different – teachers talked, we listened passively and everything was so predictable. But coming to TGS was like entering another world all together. Each hour, day and week was different and I cannot imagine that I have been here for nearly two months and still the excitement isn’t over! There is always something to look forward to!
This week at TGS was yet another special week, and it has passed by in a fizz. Everyone looked so happy. All of us had the feeling that we were going to have a great week. We had Global Studies class in the residence. Andrew taught us how to think differently, how to ask questions! We headed to the TV station where Phoenix‘s mother works. We sat down in one of the offices heard more about the company. It was an intense session. We went for lunch. The food was some of the best I have ever had. I don’t want to talk about it though. It makes me hungry. After lunch had a tour around the station. The station was enormous. It was actually pretty cool.
We came back to the residence and had World Literature class. Surprisingly, we had 17 students in the class. We had Polarbear’s grandparents too. It was such a great experience, learning with grandparents. Later that day, after dinner, we discovered a new place – a playground. We traveled back in time. We were 6 year-old kids again. We had such a great dinner. TGS is all about experiences. We had bed time stories and that just made the day, one of the best!
We had our classes, visited the National Museum, and it was great fun. We painted ourselves and felt like professionals. Back at the hostel we had dinner and went to the office. Fredrick talked to us about the history of Stockholm. He narrated a pretty awesome* story. [Believe me! Brad, I did push-ups. Frosty can testify]. The story was actually really hilarious.
There is one day a week reserved for tough students like us. We had swimming lessons and fencing. The sessions were great. Maybe I am strong, HA, I am not. I am fragile.
Let me be honest. I love every day. The whole week is amazing with so much to look forward to.
At the end of the week it was Phoenix‘s birthday. Her family came to the residence with presents and cakes. The cake was so yummy that I am still salivating while I write about it. At YBC there was a Halloween Costume Contest. That was pretty fun.
SATURDAY!!! SLEEP is the word of the day. We ate, slept, did our homework, went out and that’s Saturday. After dinner, we went out for dessert. We had such a great night.
We ended the week with a really great experience. We went to a game workshop, played some games and painted some toys. It was such a great experience. Time for another great experience….
*Head of School Brad Ovenell-Carter has a rule against casually throwing around the word “awesome.” If students,faculty, or staff use the word to describe something that is not extremely impressive, inspires great admiration, apprehension, or fear, the punishment is five push ups on the spot.