Day three of the new term. In her eagerness to demonstrate her enthusiasm for English, one of our Year 6 pupils enquires: "When are we going to do that 'leprosy hour'?" We reassure her that it is curable these days.

ROB HARDMAN Note from student: Dear Mr B, I was absent yesterday as I hadto see my gynaecologist in yourlecture.

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