Today is the day that the year 9s and 10s get their exam results back. First period I had my year 10 ESLs. It was a chilly morning and I ushered them into the (unheated) room and they were bombarding me with questions as I opened up my laptop and started to get organised.
“Are they the exams Miss?”
“Do we get them back today Miss?”
Did I pass Miss?”
“Did I fail?”
“Did anyone fail?”
Preoccupied with getting the roll up on screen, I waved a hand at them and said, “You all failed, but some of you managed to hang on by your fingernails.”
Quiet fell upon the room. I looked up from the screen to see every eye fixed on me in appalled silence.
“What?” I said.
Eric broke the stillness. “What do you mean… everyone failed the exam?”
Oops. I meant to say that everyone passed!