Today marks the end of an era; it's the last Wednesday with no school for primary and maternelle schools in France. As from the 2014 rentrée, they will function every day Monday to Friday, starting at 8.30 am and finishing at 4 pm, (instead of 8.30 am to 4.30 pm M,Tu, Th, F currently) – though some areas and schools may vary slightly, and this is where it gets complicated! The new system does not actually change the number of school hours it just alters the balance. Guess what? Our school isn't going to work to those official hours, more on this later.