Friday Five: Reasons to be glad there hasn't been a summer heatwave

8th July 2016 at 17:01
You've bypassed embarrassing sweat patches and the endless search for sun hats... Perhaps the rubbish summer weather is a blessing?

It’s already July and there’s been very little sign of even a prolonged warm spell, let alone a heatwave. While you may not be able to work on your tan at break time, you have been able to get some work done in the classroom. Here are five reasons to be glad you’ve avoided a heatwave so far:

  1. The eternal stuffiness
    In most schools, the existence of air conditioning is nothing more than a wish and a dream. Your only option? To open the windows. Cue a large wasp flying in and causing certain uproar among your class. But at least they’ve woken up a bit. On with fractions!

  2. The constant demand for water
    Yes, you know it’s just an excuse for your pupils to get up and walk around a bit, but the perpetual putting up of hands is providing a rather pleasant breeze.

  3. The sweat patches
    It looked cloudy when you got up this morning, but the decision to wear that light grey, long-sleeved shirt is not going well.  You know the kids have noticed the ever-increasing patches of dark grey under your armpits when you hear the words “Johnny Vegas” and “fun run” in the same sentence.

  4. The suncream saga
    You watch on with a sigh as 15 minutes of your outdoor lesson/Sports Day/school journey is lost to applying suncream and/or digging out sun hats from the bottom of 30 bookbags.

  5. The desk doze
    At least now it’s the heat that’s keeping you up at night, rather than the thought of marking that pile of writing assessments. Oh, wait…



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