I have to say that I was lucky because the headmaster was always nice to me. But my friend reckons that that was because I wasn't a 'real' staff member there, it's like I was just there for fun, with a bit of teaching on the side. I was there mainly for the cultural experience and she knew it so there was no reason to give me a hard time or anything...
Meanwhile, SO much has happened with other staff members at the school where I taught.
Someone is going to retire soon
Someone quit her job and is now a full-time translator
Someone applied to teach French in the US (not sure if she succeeded or not)
Someone who was a temporary teacher passed the hard Capes exam so they can now get a permanent post either at the same school or one a bit further away
Someone quit and moved to Lyon
Someone quit and is going to be a stay-at-home dad
Someone is getting posted to another school to be closer to home
Someone is an alcoholic and got a big talking to by the headmaster!
People (teachers) who have been having relationships with each other have broken up!
My friend and someone else got fired
OMG it's like a soap opera!
So much for a job in the education sector being secure! It seems like it's soooo hard to get and KEEP a job in France!
And today is the very last day of school before the big vacances scolaires d'été. If I ever go back I won't know anyone except the headmaster and the people in admin!
My other friend is moving to Lyon this weekend and starting work as a lectrice after the summer vacation.
And to think that about a year ago I was gearing up to come to France. I was writing to the previous assistant and going to the French embassy in Sydney to get my visa sorted. I can't believe how much has happened in my life since one year ago.