Impromptu fire drill, timed to precision

This was an all hands evolution, the siren going off at 10.30. I know because I was told, ahead of time that this would be happening. I thought drills were supposed to be spontaneous. This was anything but. To their credit, they were well organised. With fire truck and an ambulance turning out for the drill. They even had a mock casualty rounding out the exercise, a student with his arm in bandages.

I stood to one side, documenting it with my camera that I had bought that day. I learnt a lot about some things about my town, in the void. They have a female firefighter, the first I’ve seen anywhere. The ambulance too, was obviously not a private one, but one attached to the fire station.

The actual ‘fire’ was a pile of leaves set alight, left to smoulder for the time of the fire drill. There were absolutely no flames to be had, just a lot of smoke. The fire was put out with a fire extinguisher, the man taking his role very seriously. He did it correctly, aiming at the base of the fire. The extinguisher was used very liberally.

The principal in all the proceedings, did not venture onto the field at all. He instead preferred to stay on the platform. If the teachers and the students were the family, he played the role of absent father perfectly. Hands off the nitty-gritty bits, while maintaining an omni-presence. Choosing to address the school with a microphone at the end of the exercise; congratulating everyone on their behaviour.

Well done kids, you get a pat on the head.

link 1: Students evacuate the building.
link 2: Go chase an ambulance.
link 3: Putting out the fire.
link 4: The principals speech.

Potty break, I’ll have a brass band playing if you don’t mind

This toilet was different. I know I might be blogging way too much about the little persons’ room, but… well, I have no explaination. Loos for me are supposed to be clean, well build and not smelly. Seeing as this one was for the staff and was built very recently it was all of the above. It even had toilet paper, which in Korea is a bonus and not arbitary. The odd thing was, after sitting down on the heated toilet seat, I realised they had music piped through a speaker in the ceiling. It was straight elevator music.

Dude, WTF? The principal of this school is an out and out bureaucrat. He obviously had spare cash left over from installing the lift in the building. (It’s for the disabled students I hear). Not that it’s a conincidence that his office is also on the second floor. I know for a fact that in Japan spending a penny is done quietly they and they even have dedicated devices to mask the sound of peeing on China porcelin. This may be a coincidence. I’ll have to make a note of finding the source of the music and changing the playlist. Maybe to a more contempary genre like heavy metal or even some classical music.

Euro-vision contestant wins disapproval of Principal

My co-teacher had decided to make the best use of the amplifier and microphone. Once she’d run through all the kids songs, she then started going through the adult list.
I joked to my fellow teacher that it would annoy a lot of people (in a funny way) if they piped it through the school intercom.

It had me plugging my ears and leaving the room for a respite. It must have gone on for more than 20 minutes because we got a visit from our neighbors, namely the Principal. He did speak this time, to my KET. It wasn’t his turf per se, so he was very restrained about it.

A frenzied state of cleanliness equals 36.8 degrees

Just say ah...

Just say ah...

And just as well. The Principal, Vice-principal and some other body were at the front entrance of the school, surpervising something when I pulled in for work. I was quickly directed to have my temperature measured. If the said temperature wasn’t approved, I think the circle of supervision would have widened dramatically. Just another reason to avoid even speaking to the native teacher. Not that the Principal of the school says anything at all. He’s a little bit too stoic for my liking.

But also seen (and smelt) at other schools was the cleaning of ledges and the loos. You could actually tell where they’ve cleaned because you could smell the isopropyl alcohol in the cleaning agent. Now if only you could get the students to cover their mouths when they sneezed we’d be in the clear.