Soundbites

5th October 2001 at 01:00
We've become blase about children helping themselves to a drink since our water fountain was fitted five years ago. But our new intake is fascinated. One four-year-old turned to her mum and said: "I'm just going to get a drink at the water feature." I'm not sure Charlie Dimmock would be impressed by the small grey object that trickles in the corner.

JULIA MILLER

* I was helping the Year 2 maths class when Joshua decided to tell me something. "My granddad is in hospital," he whispered gravely. "That's a shame Josh. Let's hope it's nothing serious." Undeterred from his train of thought by the number line in front of him, Joshua pondered for a moment and sighed: "Daddy says he's very poorly, he's gotI national health."

PHIL HARLEY

* Having taught my class definitions for the words "atheist", "theist" and "agnostic", I decided to test their understanding the following week. "What word do we use to describe someone who believes in God?" "Optimist," came the reply.

DEBBIE WEST

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