Miss Hayes and her Grade 2's

Classroom stories about my little critters in Grade 2 in South Africa

Snow...in a town that never snows!!!

Wow!

On the 7th of August 2012, we experienced snow for the first time since 1957.  What a day to remember!  And...to be able to share it with children, made the experience that much more amazing.

We were to have our Inter-House Athletics Day.  The children arrived in their colourful team colours, faces painted and ready for action.  Our Headmaster broke the news that he felt it was too cold to be outside in frigid temperatures (3 degrees celsius).  I was secretly excited, not having to do my duty in these conditions, but my athletes were disappointed.  So I made a deal with them, if they worked for the first 2 hours of the morning, they could have the rest of the day to watch movies.  It was a hearty response of..."DEAL".  I didn't feel too guilty, because the majority of the grades were watching movies too.  Our choice, 'Rio'.

I was getting messages from family members 60km from where we were, saying that it was sleeting and how exciting it was (They too hardly ever see sleet/snow because of their location, but every few years, they get a tiny bit of sleet).  Because we are further north, Pretoria never sees any form of snow.  I saw some heavy clouds brewing out their way and, not knowing what snow clouds looked like, asked my family if these clouds were snow clouds.  They informed me that that was how it started and that now, there was a white blanket over everything in their town, Krugersdorp.

I decided to enquire with my colleague, who was snow experienced having lived in England for a year, if these were indeed snow clouds.  I didn't make it to her class, as I saw tiny white flakes falling to the ground.  I calmly walked back to my class, but couldn't contain my excitement.  I slowly put the movie on 'pause' and 25 puzzled faces looked at me questioning why I would put the movie off at a crucial point.  I then explained to them that they shouldn't get too excited, because it would probably melt by the time it hit ground, but it was SNOWING!!!  They immeditately jumped up and dutifully lined up at the door.  "Please please please can we go out??"  I let the pushing crowd out and they ran to the jungle-gyms.  The Grade Ones were already there and the Grade Twos and Threes were on there way.  But by the time we got there, it had stopped and all were summoned back to their classrooms.



A while later, one of my children exclaimed..."IT'S REALLY SNOWING THIS TIME!!!"  As I looked outside, white stuff was pelting down.  I couldn't hold them back and they ran downstairs, myself; as excited, just behind them.  It really was snowing.  The teachers were more excited than the kids, as to us, this too was a completely new experience.  This wasn't just sleet, it was the real deal.  The children had grabbed their cups and were trying to catch the snow, and I became a tad bit emotional.  Most of us had never seen snow before.  We played outside for an hour and the snow would come and go.  It managed to make the field white.  We didn't even go back upstairs to dismiss the chidren, as most of the parents had arrived and joined in the fun too.

What a spectacular day.  One we will never forget and probably never have the chance of seeing again.


       








Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 8:54 PM by Jenna
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