Recently we had an open day, of course meant to coax the young kids from our catchment area into believing that our school is the place to be.
We are in a fierce competition with some other schools, aggravated by a sure decline in student numbers within a couple of years due to depopulation of the rural area we work in.
Subsequently we had an other event during evening hours which aims at informing primary school students who may be interested in our bilingual programme. The picture above shows the throng of pupils, with their parents, who flocked to this evening programme.
Our head master welcomed the boys and girls, the teachers gave sample lessons of twenty minutes across all the subjects, and the parents were informed by the joint head about all the details of the programme, and, inevitably, about the financial consequences of a choice for tto.
We had these evenings in former years of course. Last year we had about 80 students visiting the tto-evening, which resulted in fifty-five students who applied for tto, two classes. Which is fine. Since the start of the programme we always had two classes to start with in the first form.
Now we welcomed 160 students. This could lead to one class more, which will put some pressure on the organisation. We have enough qualified teachers to fill the schedule for three classes, though. However, if more than 96 students are going to choose tto we definitely may have a problem. I guess that if such an unimaginable feat occurs the part-timer I am will teach in the tto-stream only, which never was my intention.
The intriguing question remains what caused the sudden interest of parents in the bilingual programme in the first place. Possibly the idea caught on after four years of practice at my school, or, arguably, the idea of having to participate in a global economy has been triggered by the economic crisis. Actually I have no clue.