Monday, July 19, 2010

It's Our 3rd Birthday! Let's get this party started!

Woohoo! We're three years old today.  I can hardly believe it!  I look back on the last three years and remember all the amazing teachers and teaching assistants  I've worked with & I'm so grateful to them for all their hard work, dedication, loyalty, blogging, humour, "stick-to-it"edness (yes, I made that a word)...I absolutely love my job!

So to celebrate, our fabulous friends at Lloyds & Flight Centre are giving away a few great prizes to readers who post comments here.  Just leave a comment telling us who you are, a bit about yourself, and of course Happy Birthday, and we'll go through the entries tomorrow & draw the winners from a Canada Hat.

The prizes are:
  • Travel Mugs from our friends Tony & Michael of Lloyd's TSB in Vancouver. These are the dedicated banking folks that help our teachers & teaching assistants to open up UK bank accounts while still abroad. 
  • $75 off your next flight from Laura Buchan of Flight Centre here in the Westshore of Vancouver Island.  I book all my flights with Laura & she never fails to amaze me!
  • Carry-on Luggage from Laura of Flight Centre
  • My ebook, Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians If you're still in the research stage and want to know what it's really like to teach in London, this is the book for you.
  • Random Canadiana that I've purchased over the past year in preparation for this day.  And I really do mean random...
So what are you waiting for?  Leave your comments below, keep coming back throughout the day to read other comments & be sure to drop by tomorrow to see if you've won anything. I'll announce the winners here & ask them all to send me their mailing addresses (to my email, not here on the blog please).

Enjoy the part-ay people!  I'll be here all day, replying to your comments, participating in discussions and drinking champagne (not yet, it is only 7am in British Columbia after all). 

Resources for Teaching in London
Classroom Canada website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
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Mark your calendar: July 19th 2010 is our 3rd birthday & we're throwing a HUGE party right here on the blog. Come! Leave a comment! Win a prize!


  1. Whoooooo Hoooooooooo!!!
    Happy 3rd Birthday Classroom Canada!
    I currently live and supply teach in Barrie, Ontario.
    You are my inspiration Victoria!!

  2. Happy Birthday, Classroom Canada!!! Congrats Victoria :)

  3. Thanks guys! Jessica, you're awesome and Nancy, I'll be seeing you in Barrie in a couple of short weeks as I embark on my "cross-Canada extravaganza" - YES!

    Oh, and I'm planning a Toronto social for our teachers on August 11th. Mark your calendar & come by for bevvies British-style! Jess, will you and Grant be in Ontario then? Hope so!

  4. happy happy happy 3rd birthday to infinity and beyond, Victoria!!!
    stay in Victoria, BC a moment so we see more of your magic sparkle at summer patio soirees!!!

  5. Sounds like a fun time! but we'll be in Germany/Switzerland in August, no Canada plans for us til Christmas :)

  6. Have a happy 3rd bithday... Hope you're all having a blast~

    I'm a local teacher from Toronto, Ontario...totally loving the career we've chosen...

    though the road may seem like a tough one to wlak onto, but to all the teachers out there: "DONT GIVE UP!!!"

    Nelly H

  7. Happy Birthday, Classroom Canada!

    Looking forward to becoming part of the team, as I will be moving to London this September! I am currently bumming around Toronto, waiting for the adventure to start... :)

  8. Happy birthday CC! Congrats Victoria on all of your success! :))

  9. Happy Birthday Classroom Canada!! Sounds like a great organization, and I can't wait to hopefully become a part of it one day! This year I am going to be teaching at a British International School in Moscow. A great step in learning the British National Curriculum, and gaining some full-time teaching experience.... as well as travelling Europe, and the to London, of course! I will be in London a few times to renew my Visa and catch up with some international friends!

    Congratulations again on your first 3 years, and good luck on the next 3 and more!!

    Cindy Kaardal
    Campbell River, BC, Canada (CURRENTLY!)

  10. How awesome is this? It's only 9:50am and I already feel like it's a party over here! Thanks to everyone for your comments, kind words & wishes. Do I have the best job in the whole world? Yes, yes I do. :-)

    Cindy I'd love to hear more about your adventure to Moscow. We have teachers in London now who worked first in China, Bahamas, Japan and Korea, and we have others who will be joining us soon currently in Honduras, China and Korea again. Love the international teach & travel experience.

    Moscow's a first for us though so please do keep us in the loop on what it's really like. If you blog, please let me know so I can follow you.

    And for those Canadian teachers working here in Canada, thanks so much for your support! Even though you're not teaching in London you still spread the word to great teachers just like you and we're all about friends of friends coming our way. That's the way we like it!

    Enjoy your summer everyone! Ya'all deserve a great big fat holiday.

    Keep those comments coming!

  11. Happy Birthday Classroom Canada and Congratulations Victoria!

    It’s powerful when a great idea comes together. I love the concept and the organization. It’s a great idea to celebrate a virtual community at this virtual party.

    Regards, Angela

  12. Happy 3rd Birthday Victoria!! I hope you have many more to come ;o)
    As I've told you before, your teachers that you send through our company are always the best orginised!!! Must be due to your organizational skills.

    Keep up the good work! ;o)

  13. Happy Birthday, Classroom Canada! I can't believe that you have been here for 3 years already which means that I have been back for 4 years!I miss our fun times in London! Congrats on 3 years!

    Vancouver, BC

  14. Happy 3rd Birthday to Classroom Canada!!! Congratulations Victoria on an awesome 3 years :)

    I'm beyond excited to start my adventure in London with Classroom Canada in October! Thank you for the opportunity to have the experience of a lifetime!

    Enjoy the day :)

    Victoria, BC

  15. This is so fun! I just did an interview with a Toronto teacher who has been working for four years there & it was such a fabulous conversation. Loved it!

    And love all your comments here.

    Lisa, I still remember the first day that I met you at that school many years ago - you were late & I was taking the attendance of your students when you came in & spoke with a Canadian accent. I'm proud to say that you introduced me to Classroom & really, were the impetus for me to start Classroom Canada. It's all thanks to you!

    And Eeky, can I make fun of your spelling mistakes or just blame it on the Scotsman in you? ;-) You know I love your work with key & will continue to recommend that my teachers speak with you whenever they have questions about their paycheques! Although, you still need to slow down in your speech as your accent is still very strong for us Canucks.

    Cheryl, how goes the summer for you? Are you still travelling in Central America? Lucky duck!

  16. Happy Birthday Classroom Canada!

    I cannot believe that this time last year I was waiting to get to London and now I'm finally here!!! I am loving it!

    Victoria thanks so much for getting me over and getting me started over here! I have made a ton of friends, am loving my job (and just found out that I was offered a long term position at an amazing school!!), and am generally loving life!!!

    Have a fantastic birthday!!!

    Kaari Nurmsoo

  17. Kaari, I love your enthusiasm and am not surprised in the slightest that you already have a long term position at an amazing school. That energy you give out is exactly what our schools love - enthusiasm, a positive attitude, laughter & a "get on with it!" spirit goes far in London. Well done! Keep up the great work. :-)

  18. Bonne Fete, Classroom!

    Phoebe C.

  19. Merci beaucoup Phoebe! How very Canadian of you ;-)


    Congratulations and greetings from Wien...

    Come back soon,

    Sarah x

  21. Happiest of birthdays Classroom Canada!

    I am from eastern Ontario and so excited to be beginning my London adventure this fall with CC!

    Bonne Fete, and CONGRATS Victoria!!

    -Kristen Rossetti

  22. Happy Birthday Classroom Canada!! Congratulations Victoria on another great year! Living in a foreign country is one of the best experiences ever

  23. I agree Patricia! And thanks so much :-)

  24. PS) It's five thirsty here on the West Coast and time to crack open the champers. Woohoo! I'm pouring each of you a virtual glass. Chink Chink!

  25. Happy Birthday Classroom Canada! I'm so happy to be a new addition and can't wait to celebrate with you next year after a year of experience in London!

  26. Congratulations, Victoria and the Classroom crew, especially all those I met in London. I had a great experience. Thank you, Victoria!
    Continued success, for sure!!!

  27. It is your Birthday. One more day of teaching in the uk, then travels!
    Have a good one.
    Ron Hamilton

  28. happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ~maggie liu :)

  30. Happy Birthday! Well done on such a massive success!!


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