Archive for March, 2015

School residential

Eliza

From Friday morning until Sunday afternoon, Eliza was away from home at an outdoor activity centre with her school year. L monitored the school Twitter account for updates, but we knew little until Eliza returned. It had been amazing – one boy cried, he was so upset to leave. Climbing (at which Eliza told us she excelled), canoes, obstacle courses, swings were all part of the schedule. Breakfasts of bacon were particularly enjoyed by Eliza. She seemed most proud, though, that she had been the last to go to sleep both nights in her dormitory and one of the first to awake. 

Robin

While Eliza was away, Robin took his turn playing at the music teacher’s concert (Gabe and Eliza had preceded him in earlier years). He played his two short piano pieces calmly and precisely.

Gabe

Gabe’s twin passions of his mobile phone and FIFA video game have come together in a YouTube channel that features an Estuary English drawling man commentating his way through matches and the assembling of teams. Gabe wanders the house with his attention focused on his phone and a man talking about a simulated football game. 

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GCSE options

Gabe

For weeks since the announcement of the GCSE options Gabe has pondered his selection and sought advice and a sounding board. The scope for choice was limited but Gabe did seem to consider every permutation. He quickly set himself against triple science, but there were voices at school telling him that a bright lad should do this, so he wavered. Music and history were two choices he stuck to throughout. A second modern language could only be taken outside of school hours. This Gabe also committed to – far more strongly than the school, who would review depending on take up. The mandatory technology had to be cookery as all the rest were too boring. The final choice oscillated between RE and Business Studies and sometimes triple science. 

We talked about finding an easy subject to counterbalance the work of an extra language. PE suddenly entered the picture. But what if the school won’t offer the second language, challenged L – that’s a lot of non-academic subjects. And so, with school’s approval we submitted alternate options, depending on the second language: PE with it; Business Studies without. 

Eliza

Eliza has up to seven books on the go at a time. One she reads on her kindle, another she reads herself at home (usually an old favourite), one she reads with L, one she reads with me. One or maybe two for different purposes at school and a seventh somewhere in the mix. 

Robin

Robin is a noisy blighter. From being summoned to bath until being coaxed into bed, he sings, squawks, repeats catch phrases in silly voices – all to himself unless he can find a companion. I wonder if the relative quietness of the rest of us oppresses him?