Sunday, 8 September 2013

The First Week of School

We just finished the first week of school here in LK. It was an interesting week and I am glad to have my first week completed. Here is the school:

As you can see it is made of logs. There are six classrooms. The playground looks out of the lake.

This is my Literary Room. It was a classroom but is now just used to store the literary resources. The resources here are amazing. Any resource you can think of is stored in that room.

I teach English Language Arts to the grade 8-10 class. There are 16 students on my list. Ten showed up the first day, eleven the next, twelve the next and only eight were there on Friday. I knew that attendance was an issue but I was surprised that it would be the first week.

On Friday we had a Smoke Ceremony to begin the year. The tall guy in the picture spoke and said a prayer. He and some of the boys drummed through the ceremony.

Everyone was given some tobacco to place in the fire.

Then we went around the circle and placed the tobacco in the fire.

Food was also placed as an offering in the fire by an Elder and one of the students.

When that was all done we all ate. David helped the cook empty the nets of fish the day before. I'm not sure if you can see in the picture but the chunks of fish were huge and they were cooked with the skin on and some of the heads were even cooked. You'll also notice some hotdogs in the background.

I have included this picture for my friend, Jane. She is not a fan of fish. The fish was good but I do like mine seasoned and served with white wine! Good luck with that in LK!

1 comment:

  1. Yeah-finally some school pics!!! It looks great- How are they adjusting to having you there?? I am sure you will make Language arts so much fun the attendance will improve. Thanks for all the dead fish pics. The tobacco would have tempted me- (would have smelled nostalgic) Miss you and David- still feels strange driving by your place knowing I can't stop in to fill you in on all the latest!