Yesterday was the date officially recognised as the first day of Spring here in South Africa, but climatologically, the real date and time is, 23rd September, 9:04pm UTC, (Coordinated Universal Time), also known as International Atomic time (TAI). Spring equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, this is when the sun crosses the Celestial Equator from North to South. (See diagram below). This is also the start of Autumn or Fall in the Northern Hemisphere. UTC time is the time used on the Internet and other places that need sub second precision. In the so called "good old days" we used GMT.
All though it's not Spring yet according to UTC, we had our Spring day at school today. It was also "civvies day", when the learners could come in their everyday clothes. Each learner had to pay R10 for the privillage, all funds raised in this way go to a school for the physically disabled in our district. The photos below were taken in the Foundation Phase corner, grades 1 to 3. of the library.
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Mrs Stork's grade 2 class at story time on "civvies day".
Mrs Jordaan's grade 2 class. Had to pretend I was checking messages on my cell phone to take these photos.
The story for today was "Joseph and his amazing coat." They were most horrified that his brothers were so nasty as to sell Joseph to slave traders, and very glad when all the brothers had to bow to him in the end.
There are three grade 2 glasses, Mrs Thomas' class comes on a Wednesday.