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Félicitations à tous mes élèves suivant les examens du mois de juin. Bravo surtout à Katie qui a eu le score maximum de 360 points pour GCSE, à Laura qui a obtenu son A*, à Samantha qui a eu sa place à Oxford et à John, Rob, Hannah, Bronwyn et Tim qui ont eu leur A pour A-level.

La rentrée n'est pas loin du tout et je commence à réfléchir sur nos plans pour l'année. Je voudrais développer un peu plus nos liens en ligne avec des élèves français. J'espère aussi que certains de mes élèves vont créer leur blog personnel en français. Et puis il faut penser à nos projets pour le "second specialism" qui pourrait voir le jour en septembre 2010. Dans ce contexte nous allons coopérer davantage avec nos collègues dans le secteur primaire. Donc il y a du pain sur la planche.

Quant à moi, je viens de faire un stage sur trois jours de "barbershop" à l'université de Nottingham. Notre quartet a travaillé dur avec deux spécialistes très doués et on a eu l'impression de faire de grands progrès. J'aime bien être élève! Nous avons chanté devant les autres participants (ils étaient 325 en tout) pendant le spectacle du samedi soir. Cela fait peur, mais on a bien chanté.

La famille de mon beau-frère est en visite d'Australie en ce moment. Hier on est allés au Steam Fair à Harewood House, Leeds. Ça me permet d'employer le mot locomobile pour la première fois ("traction engine"). Mais à part les locomobiles, il y avait plein de véhicules de toutes sortes, des orgues, des attractions pour les enfants, sans parler des chiens, des stands qui vendaient n'importe quoi. J'avais l'impression de rentrer dans le temps (vers les années 50). Mais c'était sympa et le soleil a fait une petite apparition.

Mon ami Harry Ambler nous a filmés samedi soir à Nottingham. J'espère que ça sort bien. A gauche c'est Joe, puis Doug, Colin et moi.

Bonne rentrée!

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