So this is my 31st post in a row, on the last day of October. Thus I have achieved a high blogical purity for the month! Boo. (Happy Halloween.)
School's been a bit chaotic, lately, as yesterday, the 30th, was the day of major exams for a large proportion of the students who are applying to the prestigious residential high schools. I can't imagine it's particularly ego-boosting - they were telling me last week that most of the schools end up accepting under 5% of applicants. So any news of positive performance on the exams is celebrated with much nodding and bowing and congratulations.
Anyway... the kids are also, therefore, dead on their feet (if they come at all, which they didn't, today), and the ones not participating in the exams seem to pick up the exhaustion via a kind of social osmosis. Kind of a strange atmosphere of pent-up frustration and tiredness.