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We watched the 2011 film “Bad Teacher” at the weekend with Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake. Hhhhmmmmppphhh! As if the unrealistic portrayal of teachers generally in “Waterloo Road” and specifically of Becca in “Hollyoaks” wasn’t bad enough!

“Bad Teacher” professes to be a comedy……I did not find it very amusing personally…..although I must admit the car washing scene and the breast enlargement parts were amusing despite being somewhat unrealistic….I do wonder what extensive experience of teaching the Director Jake Kasdan has? Similarly the scriptwriters: Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky – a great deal of teaching expertise??? I liked the “keen” teacher Amy Squirrell and her portrayal in the first part of the film immensely. However, the second half deteriorated somewhat…….There were some interesting symbols with the apple, the dolphins (reminds me of my blog yeaterday), the Annie wig….I think I will agreed with the mixed reviews of the critics on this one ( I will not even mention the favourable review of my husband!)



This Tuesday two of my Year 12 girls and I had an amazing experience. They went on the Lessons From Auschwitz trip organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust. The group met at 5am at Birmingham Airport and flew on a chartered flight to Krakow. We began the visit with a brief trip to a small Polish town and went to the Jewish synagogue to listen to a fantastic talk by the Rabbi. Afterwards we were taken to Auschwitz 1 where we had a moving and emotional tour with our guide Martyn. Our second camp visit was to Birkenau and we began with a walk up the watch tower to see the extent of the camp. The vastness was astonishing! We were then taken into the various barracks and shown some of the replicas of what life would have been like for the prisoners. We finally landed back in Birmingham at 10.30pm after an interesting albeit exhausting day. I would thoroughly recommend this trip and to anyone who has the opportunity to go. I am looking forward to the follow up session this Sunday 6th May at the University of Aston.

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