Archive for July, 2013

Approaching school holiday

Robin

Robin wasn’t just approaching school holiday, but leaving infant school. Amongst the calendar heavy with school events, Robin wore a judge’s wig in one assembly and read what going to junior school would mean for him in another: “I am looking forward to playing on the enormous field and seeing my sister.”

Eliza

Eliza was in performance over-drive. On one day she had a school assembly, heats for the Junior School’s got Talent show and grade 1 violin exam. Each seemed to have gone well, with her splits to end her dance group’s piece being well received and a pass achieved in her exam.

Gabe

Gabe’s last week was off-timetable, with a series of activities, the most popular of which was pizza making (although Gabe was scathing of the insufficiency of tomato paste). He was anxious with the pressure of choosing clothes to wear each day. This was most pronounced on the morning of a trip to Oulton Park. L talked him out of wearing heavy tracksuit bottoms on a baking day. But he rejected the shorts in his cupboard, opting at the last moment for football shorts, which then brought the dilemma of how to carry money and a phone.

Young hearts

Eliza

Year 4 girl chat seems abuzz with who’s going out with, or fancies whom. ‘Going out with’, as L pointed out probably means ‘walked around the playground once with’. Eliza fully participates in the speculation but admits no fancies herself and brushes off talk of any fancying of her. Splendid isolation persists.

Gabe

Gabe mentions girls at school only in the context of who said something daft in class or whose family is rich. I do know from driving some of his friends back from his party that others are more interested. It was then, a revelation when L found out from a friend with a daughter in Gabe’s class that he was the object of some young female interest. One girl had pestered the daughter of L’s friend, knowing that she was acquainted with his family, to get his home phone number. L’s friend declined and we were denied the chance of a special phone call (which we would probably have missed as the land-line phone is usually lost or out of charge).

Robin

Robin’s affections and emotions have been upset by the news that when he moves up to the junior school in September he won’t be in the same class as his best friend A. This wasn’t a surprise for Robin as he expected the new classes to be based on birth date. So when it was confirmed, Robin was phlegmatic. A few days later he admitted that he just couldn’t understand why A and he couldn’t be in the same class together.