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* Jack was beside himself and could contain his news no longer:

"Guess what, Miss? My mum's expecting a baby and I really need to tell someone 'cos I'm so excited. I really hope she has a little girl 'cos me other two brothers are boys, you know. But please don't tell anyone else yet until she tells her boyfriend."

HILDA TRUMP

* My class of Year 6 children were practising information writing by making leaflets about school for new parents.

Tanya wrote: "We do literacy and numeracy. Literacy is like English - nly longer. Numeracy is like maths - only longer."

ALISON BOYD

* Marking a batch of essays from my adult student group on the role of the family, I came across the following:

"Social reforms and the subsequent rise in living standards have, since the beverage reforms, helped to change the role of the family in unprecedented ways."

SUE WHITE

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