On the Friday of my first week we had parent/teacher meetings… this was interesting for me as it is quite different to parent/teacher meetings in NZ. The junior school was in the morning, all the parents gathered in the hall to listen to the director and some senior teachers speak. I had to take the microphone and introduce myself to the parents… I tried a bit of Thai, then English and then someone translated for me. The parents then met with the student’s homeroom teacher (as a big group), filled in some forms and then left. I think they will meet with the teacher individually about the student next week and go over what is on the forms… I am not 100% sure.
In the afternoon it was the same caper with the senior school. I had to make another speech to another group of parents… I am starting to get used to talking to big groups now… it is not as scary as it was that first day at school!