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A Tour of Nadi District School - By Jordan Chick   (published in Fiji)

March 29, 2011 by   Comments(0)


Nadi District School is the oldest school in Nadi and has about 550 students. The youngest students are Class 1 (ages 5/6) right up to Class 8 (11/12). Almost all the students come from Nadi town or the surrounding villages. My supervising teacher, Mrs. Nadolo, has told me that the children have a local village dialect as well. They speak that at home but learn and use the national ‘Fijian’ to speak to each other casually and are supposed to use English whilst in class. It’s a big ask for kids as young as 5 to be trilingual! A typical school day for my class is as follows:
8 - 8:30 – Devotion/Assembly, Roll Call, Homework check
8:30 – 9:30 – Maths
9:30 – 10:30 – Oral English
10:30 – 10:45 – Recess
10:45 – 11:30 – Written English
11:30 – 12:00 – Social Studies/Health Science/Elementary Science
12:00 – 12:30 – Lunch
12:30 – 1:00 – Teeth brushing/Litter cleanup
1:00 – 2:30 – Fijian reading and writing
2:30 – 2:45 – Classroom tidy (sweeping, putting chairs up etc)
The other teachers are all very friendly. They all say “Good morning” to me as I walk to my class and ask me how my classes are going. Some of them have even started adding me on Facebook!
The school grounds are quite similar to a state school at home but not very well maintained. The oval is a field of very long grass, the gardens are bushes that don’t seem to be cut back and lots of the concrete pathways are cracked and missing chunks. The buildings themselves are good but very worn out along with pretty much all the classroom equipment. Below are some photos I took around the school:  



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A Tour of Nadi District School - By Jordan Chick
A Tour of Nadi District School - By Jordan Chick