Monday, September 2, 2013

Masha Starts Fifth Class in her New School

Today was the first day of school in Ukraine. Masha started 5th class (grade) in her new school, Lesia Ukrainka Gymnasium.  Going to school in a gymnasium makes no sense to North Americans unless you are a jock so I include the Wiki definition below for edification.

Languages and literature are Masha's strong suit, hence the transfer to a school with strong academic credentials in this area.  The math and science types go to another school called here Lycee.

It is hard to believe that four years have passed since Masha started in First Class and three years since Second Class. Since she was starting in a new school, we went to the opening exercises to give her moral support.  She isn't as excited about this first day of class as she was four years ago.  She does have friends here though.  Her neighbour Sonja was there and the two of them stuck together.  Katya and Yuri's daughter Natasha will be there but she is at a Sanitorium in Evpatoria for a month but will keep up her studies there.

I think the youngest kids in this school are Grade 5 but they look very young beside all the high school students.  There are two classes of Grade 5s with 20 students each, compared to four classes of 25 students in the school she attended previously.

The Grade 5s were all marched out at the beginning of the ceremony and welcomed to the school. All the usual suspects spoke and even a few minutes each adds up.  We left after an hour and went to visit Dasha.  Baba Natasha took her home after a few minutes as all the noise bothered her.
Masha looks a little worried.
Two students MC the ceremony.
Fifth Class students all lined up in the front row; Masha is near the far end
Masha's face side profile barely visible; Sonja with the headband

Some of the teachers
I don't recall girls like this when I was in high school
The boys haven't changed though; still awkward and geeky.
These two are well over 6'; a few more and the school basketball team ...
I just loved this red coat worn by a lady standing beside us.
gymnasium (pronounced with a [ɡ] in several languages) is a type of school with a strong emphasis on academic learning, and providing advanced secondary education in some parts of Europe and the CIS, comparable to British grammar schoolssixth form colleges and U.S. preparatory high schools. In its current meaning, it usually refers to secondary schools focused on preparing students to enter a university for advanced academic study.


  1. Yay for Masha! That looks so exciting. I love the look on her friend's face - utter disdain. Too cute.

    1. The expressions on kids faces sometimes just slays me, too.

  2. Back to school — the traditional rite of autumn. Some things don't change much. Same with the lust for war (But let's not get on to that right now). Better to hope in the promise and potential of a new year in school.

    Blessings and Bear hugs