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Week Nine

October 28th 2014 | Elianne Riant PC 734

Now the clocks have changed, we actually have lighter mornings (for the time being!) so I’m not like Gollum rising from my cave at half 5 every Monday morning to get to the airport. The 10 minute plane journey is always a good excuse for a nap anyway!

Today was the start of week 9; that’s a whole nine weeks ago that we started, looking fresh faced and eager to learn. Even though we are still eager to learn, the fresh faces have certainly disappeared!

So we are into the second week of traffic, after surviving the first week. For someone who doesn’t know anything about cars apart from what colour they are, the first week was pretty confusing, but this week was somewhat easier; especially as we had an afternoon of community volunteering to look forward to. Drink driving was on Monday, along with screening breath tests using the space age Lion Alcolmeter SL400. Using breath spray to simulate a failed reading was really handy, as you can see what the machine looks like when it registers a fail, and we all had minty fresh breath for the rest of the day!

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We also studied RTCs, which I think for all of us was quite overbearing in the classroom; until we got outside with Sergeant Tostevin (Guernsey Traffic Sergeant) who put one together for us to see. For the Jersey students, we also learnt how to triangulate. For someone who despises maths, even the word makes me shudder, but it was perfectly fine and surprisingly made sense.

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We also studied RTCs, which I think for all of us was quite overbearing in the classroom; until we got outside with Sergeant Tostevin (Guernsey Traffic Sergeant) who put one together for us to see. For the Jersey students, we also learnt how to triangulate. For someone who despises maths, even the word makes me shudder, but it was perfectly fine and surprisingly made sense.

So, onto the community work! It was a great excuse for us to get out of the classroom and back into natural light and fresh air. We were working with a community group called The Art of Living, which was set up by a Guernsey gentleman in 2013. They work with the local community and set up projects such as the one we were starting in Candie Cemetery, St Peter Port. It was kind of ironic that on Halloween week, we were working in a cemetery, realigning the hundred year old gravestones! It was great fun though, and we worked through the rain (and then sunshine) digging up wobbly gravestones and straightening them up. All jokes aside, it was a pleasure to do it, especially for the people that aren’t necessarily able to afford the upkeep of the graves.

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Thursday and Friday we were back in the classroom, putting all our new knowledge into RTC and traffic offence role plays. There really are some colourful characters about; my 80 year old suspected drunk driver turned out to be on heroin ‘administered by the doctors’!

To culminate a stressful but fun week, we had our traffic exam nice and early on Friday morning. Who would have thought that for all the exams you do at school and university, the butterflies still arise and you wonder whether that last chocolate bar at 11:30pm gave you enough energy to take all the information in! Once that was over, everyone was a lot more relaxed, and ready to get home for the weekend….to start revising for Tuesday’s exam!

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