|THey spent a lot of afternoons in the summer down at Thun, so afternoon lessons must have been of the kind that were easy to make up. Whenever we hear about afternoon lessons they seem to be games or needlework, or something 'lighter'.|
|It's a full day, but not very rigorous academically with maybe four lessons only in the mornings.|
|And the Saturday morning mending and letter writing seems unnecessarily regimented to me. What if I preferred to do my mending and letter writing in the evenings when it was dark and play tennis on Saturday mornings, or just sit in the garden with a book?
|Well, a four hour morning would have been 6-8 lessons when I was at school - each period being either 30 or 35 or 40 minutes, depending on the school. Double maths, at 1hr 10mins, was always a pet hate of mine.|
|I'm trying to think how many lessons a week we had in each subject, and I reckon three (or at the most four) for most subjects - one double and one single period.|
|Maybe the lower school had shorter lessons (say 35 minutes) and the forms studying for exams/specialising would have an hour per subject.|
That would have made things even harder for Rosalie when it came to arranging the timetables, if the differnt forms had lessons of different lenth. Unless the Junior and Senior staff were completely separate (which could have been the case) it's hard to imagine how it would work.
|If all the academic classes were taken in the morning - and all the non-academic classes in the afternoon - did that mean the Mistresses would have the afternoon or morning off depending on their speciality?|
|Mlle de Lachenais teaches French (and sometimes Latin) and sewing. Sewing is normally an afternoon leson, while french would have been in the morning. Her tome would have been well filled between them, and one ewonders when she has any time for marking or lesson planning.
Alot of staff seem to take private coaching out of their specific subject area, helping out where they are needed in subjects they good at - think of how they arrange Polly's coachinf in 'Jo Returns'. THere would also be supervision of the juniors, and helping out with Games lessons. I'm sure I remember some iinstances of Art taking place during the morning.
|Prefects take prep so that would free up the mistresses time. They also supervise the younger children out of school hours and during sports lessons and coaching. Actually, remind me, what do the mistresses do?|
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