On Monday we had Jake’s first parents’ evening. And, of course, it wouldn’t be right if it didn’t have its own Italian slant!
On the last Monday of every month, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. the ‘Incontro con le Maestre’ is held. It is the time at which you can go and talk to your child’s teacher and vice versa about school issues.’So, how does it work?’ I hear you ask. Well, you turn up on a first come first serve basis and wait your turn.
Between walking from the main school doors to the classroom I became 7th in the queue. I should have been more observant of those other parents who usually walk with such nonchalance suddenly becoming Olympic sprinters. Methinks they had experienced the ‘Incontro’ before! 7th, not bad I thought, and then proceeded to wait a mere 1 hour 15 minutes to be seen. Goodness only knows how long the mum 6 places behind me had to wait. It seems an appointment system in Italy is just too difficult!
The good news from the ‘Incontro’, in the words of the Maestra herself, is that Jake is the best in his class in terms of conceptual understanding and work production, despite the issues of the still ever present language barrier. Amazing, who would have thought it just two months ago. So, so proud of our awesome boy.