I burped in the middle of the gospel

13th June 2008 at 01:00
Cait Gilfellon, 10, is a Year 5 pupil at St Catherine's Roman Catholic Primary School in Sandyford, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cait Gilfellon, 10, is a Year 5 pupil at St Catherine's Roman Catholic Primary School in Sandyford, Newcastle upon Tyne

What's your favourite subject?

Art, because I love drawing. I also like ICT; using computers is a great way to learn as it is fun.

What makes a good teacher?

A good teacher needs to be patient, happy, fun and sometimes a bit stern - but only a tiny bit.

What do you most like and dislike about school?

My favourite part is probably art lessons, when I make collages and do drawings. My least favourite is doing tests and spelling. I don't like it when you have to write a word out 10 times when you get it wrong, which is basically every week for me.

What was the best lesson you have ever had?

In Year 4 we'd been reading George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl and we were at the bit where George's grandma went through the roof. We wanted to show the story through art, so we got into groups of three and made alarms and cardboard box houses to go with the book. Ours looked like a country cottage.

What stops you from learning?

Boring lessons stop me from learning because I get distracted and bored easily.

What three things are needed to make a good school?

A good school needs a good headteacher, nice and kind pupils who don't bully each other and good teachers, because without them the school wouldn't come together.

If you were a head what would you introduce at your school?

Proper dance lessons with lots of different styles such as ballet, hip hop, ballroom and Latin. My favourite is jazz dancing and ballet. I'd also like a huge swimming pool and Jacuzzi.

What would you like to be when you are older?

I would like to be a comedian like Harry Hill or a TV chef, unless there is such a thing as a comedy chef, because I enjoy cooking and I've been told by my friends that I'm good at comedy.

How do you think society should see young people?

Society should listen to children more as we have good points of view.

What is your most treasured possession?

My family and my two cats; Locus, who is tortoiseshell, and Fluke, who is all black.

What is your favourite band, DVD and TV show?

I like Leona Lewis. My favourite DVD is Hairspray (the musical) and my favourite TV show is either The Suite Life of Zack and Cody or Hannah Montana.

What's your favourite clothes label?

I don't really care what shop clothes come from; I just buy them if I like them.

What's your most embarrassing moment?

When I was in church in Year 3, I did a huge burp in the middle of the gospel. The fact that it was only three weeks before my first Holy Communion made it even worse. I went really red.

What's your proudest achievement?

It was probably when I did a dancing show in the people's theatre when I was five. I didn't think I could do it, but I did.

What's your earliest memory?

My second birthday. One of the people there had chicken pox and about a week later I got it.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?

Invisibility so that I could get away with anything.

If I was prime minister for a day I would ...

Have my family and pets over to my huge house.

I wish adults would sometimes ...

Take the whole school holidays off work. My dad is always working and sometimes I wish I saw him more


Your weekly guide to those classroom and playground phrases that seem to make no sense

- Elton: a lavatory (as in Elton John, the pop singer, with "john" being the American name for loo).

- Cotch down: hang out, chill or sleep. Thought to derive from the French word for sleep, "coucher".

- Klingon: younger child - particularly your irritating younger brother or sister.

- Pantypop: farting.

- Flat roofin': to be overworked and stressed.

Source: The A-Z of Teen Talk by Lucy van Amerongen (aged 15 from Cheltenham Ladies' College); Ravette Publishing.

If you've overheard some good slang email slang@tes.co.uk.

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