Archive for March, 2014

Performers

Eliza

Eliza has sailed through a weekend of musical performances. On Friday, with orchestra and recorder group at a junior school music competition, where as part of the latter ensemble, she won (as the only entrant, but attaining the mark set by the judges). On Saturday, at her music teacher’s annual concert, she played violin and piano. The first didn’t go quite as she wanted, her chin rest falling off the instrument as she stood up to play. But the piano piece (I know him so well) was performed confidently on a grand piano.

Robin

Robin also performed at the junior school music competition, in the choir. In the first class, they achieved the second highest points total, only to be disqualified for singing a piece longer than allowed by the rules. The teacher had to make last minute cuts to their song for the second class, or suffer another disqualification. This upset the choir’s preparation and they weren’t at their best.

Gabe

One of the features of Gabe’s first year at Grammar School were the large, purple congratulatory postcards from the school for good results, effort or engagement. Over half-way through year two and there haven’t been any – although he continues to perform well. Then his year two duck was broken last week, with a card from his drama-dance teacher praising Gabe for his preparation several weeks ago for the piece he participated in the school play – Singing in the Rain. Gabe had not encouraged L or me to see it and when L tried to get tickets they were sold out, so we never got to see this performance. Gabe didn’t really understand why he’d been sent the postcard and was unclear what it was about his preparation for the play that was being celebrated.

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Embracing failure

Gabe

Gabe’s identification by the school as ‘gifted and talented‘ is beginning to lead to changes in his education. He has been invited to learn Arabic. He was also invited to attend a speech by an ex-basketball player, turned psychologist. The audience was challenged to set themselves stretching targets beyond the curriculum (something Gabe had dismissed in a chat with me recently), learn from strangers and look upon failure as being the step towards learning something new. Gabe responded positively to the talk. I hope he can put it into practice.

Eliza

I have had another bout of pet lobbying from Robin and particularly, Eliza. She wants “a white rabbit, the size of her fist, with one ear up and one down, with a twitchy nose, but not red eyes – as they’re evil!” It’s a funny pitch and one that’s hard to resist.

Robin

Running an under 12 indoor cricket match at half-term I found myself a player short. I thought of playing Gabe as an over-age player, but offered a game to Robin. He accepted, but was anxious in the build-up – even though he knows a lot of the team from school and sports club. But he performed admirably, playing some nice shots, only being dismissed once and bowling straight – recording a wicket maiden in his second over. Gabe came to watch – only he didn’t: leaving the hall when Robin was to bat because he found it too stressful.