19 Aug – Favourite School Grade

What was your favourite grade in school and why?

Generally speaking, I hated school. Kids can be nasty little cunts when they want to be.

I know I’ve mentioned my school issues on several occasions in various posts, but I guess I should be grateful for the experiences that I had – whilst the constant daily bullying and emotional turmoil all but completely destroyed my spirit and sense of worth in this world, dealing with such traumatic experiences taught me resilience, and helped create who I am today – whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing depends on how you look at it.

I actually liked a lot of subjects – I just loathed the other people in the classroom. When I was in primary school, I loved sport and phys. Ed. In particular I loved athletics – things like long jump and high jump were my forte, and I did love a good 50m sprint from time to time. I excelled at English and creative writing. I also loved computers and remember how much I began to love the multiplication tables after we got something called ‘Wrapped In Tables’ which was a series of cd’s which had times-tables on them, and you’d learn some kind of wrap song to remember them – learning through mnemonics.

When I got to high school it all changed. I still excelled at English, and science was fun, but there were only 3 key subjects I truly enjoyed the most – drama, computer studies and food technology. I would have also said English, but in my senior years, I got stuck in an English class with a bunch of fuckwits who ruined it for myself and a handful of other academically-inclined students.

But the number-one was ALWAYS drama. And what made it better was that there was a core group of drama kids who did it every year, and we all got along so great, and every semester you would have new student join and then leave because it wasn’t their ‘thing’. For us, it was the ultimate chance to completely be ourselves without any judgement whatsoever (read: play dress ups and act like children for 80mins). But what made it so great was having such an accepting teacher. She was so welcoming and encouraging. When it came to creativity, there were no boundaries. She always challenged us to be different and obscure and as random as possible.

“creativity sparks variety.”

And those who were a bit creatively stunted were encouraged to let down their walls and embrace the vulnerability and uncertainty of being creative, and it really allowed people to truly come out of their shells.

The other reason why I loved it was because I was always able to use it as an excuse to get out of maths – ‘sorry miss, I’ve gotta go work on my drama assessment…’ And then we’d go and spend that time playing dress ups, instead of learning about Pythagorean theorems.

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