Checking attendance

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Checking attendance

Post by Stevenloan » Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:24 am

Hi guys! In elementary or secondary school, when your teacher was checking attendance in your class, did each student say "yes" or "here"?

Your answers will be greatly appreciated.

StevenLoan
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Post by BonnieL » Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:50 pm

We always said "here." Now that I'm an adult condemned to weekly conference calls, I answer "present" to make sure the supervisor hears me & my "here" doesn't get lost in random noise.
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Post by trolley » Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:12 pm

We either said "here" or "present". By the way, checking attendance by reading from a list of names is known as "calling (the) roll" or "taking (the) roll". It is a roll call.
Every morning, after roll call, we recited The Lord's Prayer, then sang Oh Canada, and God Save The Queen.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:34 pm

At my secondary school, what Trolley referred to as calling / taking the roll was known there as taking the register.

I too had to endure the Lord's Prayer, but my class was spared the kinds of gestures of forced patriotism that were imposed on Trolley and his classmates.
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Re: Checking attendance

Post by trolley » Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:12 pm

The patriotism was lost on me. I had no idea what I was singing about. I grew up in Victoria, British Columbia…so I was pretty sure it was
“Send her to Victoria, happy with Gloria” (I assumed that Gloria was a friend of hers). “Long to rain over us” (it was always raining, here).
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Re: Checking attendance

Post by Stevenloan » Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:05 am

BonnieL, Erik and trolley : Thank you so much for your answers.

StevenLoan
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