I’ve written about money before…but it seems entirely appropriate to do so again at the very beginning of our second year.
Have you heard about the Controlling Migration Fund? It’s a national fund, administered by local Councils, supporting organisations working with migrants and refugees. In Suffolk it had £51,000 to spend on English provision for this academic year. My heart raced at the prospect of getting some of this money for Oasis English Language School.
As a charity we have a relatively small budget, somewhere in the region of £20,000 per year which we receive from Churches, individuals, minimal student fees and small grants. We use the money to employ a part time Director, purchase books and resources for each student, provide lunch for all on Thursdays, and cover volunteers’ expenses. (As I’ve mentioned before, we have a lot of volunteers.) This year we are offering 4 lessons on a Wednesday (up to 35 students) and 6 on a Thursday (up to 60 students) with crèche for up to 6 or 9 children each session available during 3 out of 4 of our lesson sessions.
Did you watch the 4 fantastic Relay Races in the recent Athletics World Championships?
They were GREAT. Gabby, Colin, Paula and Michael were clearly excited as they talked us through the build-up to the races. Training, preparation, practice, teamwork; these were just some of the words that were mentioned… a lot!
The last six weeks have witnessed all these words in action here in Ipswich as the team at Oasis English Language School have been getting ready for the start of our second academic year.
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush little baby, don’t you cry
One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing
And you’ll spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky
(Recorded for the first time by Abbie Mitchell on July 19, 1935, with George Gershwin playing the piano and conducting the orchestra. There are great recordings on YouTube.)
Every Wednesday at 9:15 up to 20 students walk through the doors of Oasis English Language School ready to join in with their classes. Two teachers wait eagerly for them whilst one remains free to register new students who seem to keep coming! All is well… there is a sense of calm around the building.
Thursdays are all too often a different story! We have 4 classes and a crèche during the morning session, plus another 3 classes in the afternoon, that’s up to 70 students plus children and pushchairs to be moved through the building with each teaching space being used at least twice. It can get a little fraught.
Let me share what happened last week...