Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

I Am the Bitch, but Just Not Any Old Bitch

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

I Am the Bitch, but Just Not Any Old Bitch

Article excerpt

I WONDER if I portray myself as a sweet little thing?

I'm not. I can be very bad and very mean.

However, my adhesion to academic rigor never wavers! Last year, I had a year 5-6-7 class and the class was to go to the oval for a lesson with a visiting sports specialist.

We got ready to go. Hats. [check] Sunscreen. [check] Water bottles. [check] Then we set off for the oval.

When we got there, the other class was still doing the activity, so I asked my class to sit in the shade to wait. They did.

After a few minutes, one little lad leaned over, picked up a big handful of grass and rubbed it onto the face of another student.

Without speaking, I beckoned to him and pointed to a chair under the tree.

He stood up, stamped his foot and began to walk (dragging his feet) towards the chair.

After about a metre, he turned slightly and said softly, "You're a bitch. …

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