Journal Jar 6 – Elementary School

I promise I didn’t know this Journal Jar prompt was coming next when I wrote the last one. All the prompts are in a jar and I pull them out one at a time.

Journal Jar

Describe a typical day in elementary school.

I went to a number of elementary schools as between the ages of 5 and 11 I lived in 3 different countries. I can’t remember the school in Bahrain as I think I was only there for about a year. I remember the school in Malawi though. We had blue gingham check dresses, we had to wear dresses below the knee (it was law back then that women and girls had to wear skirts/dresses below the knee, no shorts or trousers allowed). I know we started school early, about 7.30 am I think and finished at lunch time. My dad would drop us off at school on his way to the office and come to pick us up to take us home for lunch on his lunch break. If we had swim practice, sports or brownies in the afternoon, we would stay in school with a packed lunch and then my mum would pick us up later. I can’t remember much else about it, to be honest, apart from having a break part way through the morning. I think we had about 4 or 5 different lessons every day including Maths, English, Geography, History, French, Art, Swimming/PE. Break time was great, we got to go and play on the jungle gym – it was on concrete! We also played French skipping (or Chinese jump rope). We used to get as high as shoulders! I’m not sure how.

When we left Malawi and moved to Botswana, I finished junior school at boarding school in the UK. Our day began when we were woken up at 7 am but school itself started with assembly at 8.30 am with lessons starting at 9. We finished the day at 3.50 pm and would often have after school activities until tea time and the prep time (when we had to do our homework). We then went to the dormitories at around 7 pm with lights out at 8 pm.


9 thoughts on “Journal Jar 6 – Elementary School

  1. Ice_Badger

    this sounds identical to my primary school experience, in a small village to the west of Hull!! Right down to the Blue Gingham Dresses and the French skipping!

    Mine wasn’t below the knee mind you… It was when I started but in those days I was tall and growing fast… (I stopped at 12!)

    1. Ice_Badger

      we didn’t start that early either…but I always got there about 1 hour early because I left at the same time may parents went to work…

      1. Ice_Badger

        also…did you know you can now buy “french skipping game” which is coloured elastic…what was wrong with the length you got from your mum’s sewing box!

      2. fisefton Post author

        How many comments can you make before I check the comments?!?!

        We only had dresses below the knee because we had to, it was the law. They were always really long when we bought them because they had to last a couple of years. I didn’t grow much until I was about 14 and then I shot up to 5′ 6″. I was the shortest in my class for years.

        Yes, I did know you can buy the french skipping game and I agree “what was wrong with the length you got from your mum’s sewing box!” Unless of course most mums nowadays don’t have a sewing box, let along any elastic in it 🙂 While I was doing the research trying to find the video I thought it might be quite interesting to try it again. I don’t think I’d get much higher than knees now.

      3. Ice_Badger

        Haha I was the tallest in my class until about 2nd year secondary school when everyone overtook me! I was this height when I was 12! 5’4.5″
        I did think that you probably discovered the buyable game when you looked for the video but I thought another comment would be crazy!
        I don’t think I would get much higher than the knees now either…I think I only managed waist height as a child!

      4. fisefton Post author

        It is but we’d then be able to jump higher than knees 🙂 Wait, I can do that! I did it last week when my trainer had me jumping on to and stepping off boxes and other stuff. He made them higher each round and the last round was at my knees and I jumped on them 😀 Jumping into elastic is much easier than jumping on boxes.

      5. Ice_Badger

        Jumping into elastic is much easier! I might not be scared if I used elastic rather than metal box step things…I only went to mid calf height when I did it and I was scared of missing and whacking my shins!

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