Minster Church of England Primary School, Ramsgate, Kent I/II

| November 13, 2009 | 9 Comments 

minstery5 001 If you were to look at our diaries, you would see that the majority of our time is spent in two day blocks. This is when visionary schools ask us to come and spend time with both the staff and children of their school.

It was fun to spend a day with the pupils here at Minster Church of England Primary School, near Ramsgate, Kent.

minster 001Day Two, and it was a true pleasure to work with the staff and their visiting colleagues, exploring the events of the previous day’s lessons, and so much more. They all picked up many of the “subliminal” ideas, around the edge of the technology, including the “empty coffee cup” when encourgaging pupils to extend their ideas verbally, and that there is no “wrong idea”.

Thank you to Wendy Stone, Headteacher and Kirsty Alentis, the ICT Coordinator for inviting us, and looking after us so well.

No you’re not having a nightmare. It really is Friday the 13th again and here are five cool Friday the 13th facts:

1. Fear of Friday the 13th — one of the most popular myths in science — is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.

2. Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor and some airline terminals omit Gate 13.

3. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.

4. Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. “It was bad luck,” Twain later told the friend. “They only had food for 12.” Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.

5. The number 13 suffers from its position after 12, according to numerologists who consider the latter to be a complete number — 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus, 12 days of Christmas and 12 eggs in a dozen.

For the first time in 11 years, Friday the 13th is falling in two consecutive months. This double threat can only occur in certain non-leap years and only in a February-March combination. Look for it…or avoid it again in 2015!

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Katie and Mandy says:

    We’re still laughing! Thanks for an inspirational day with so many ideas our heads are throbbing.Mandy & Kt

  2. S Mirams says:

    Inspirational, a breath of fresh air! Thank you for making the training day worth while and enjoyable.

  3. Tracey says:

    Still laughing!! Great ideas, still playing game!! Thanks, I’m hooked!

  4. Pat says:

    Great day! Lots of fun! Will definitely be trying out ideas.

  5. Donna says:

    Such a great day with lots of new ideas, Thanks!

  6. Sharon says:

    Fantastic, what a day lots of laughter. learning and listening.
    will definately be using this.

  7. Pat #2 says:


  8. James says:

    Great ideas, engaging, fun and inspiring. A great few days, especially working with kids. Thanks you very much!!

  9. Hannah says:

    Thanks Tim, for a brilliant first day at Minster! I have already created a PowerPoint using some of those secret tools-great info.

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