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ChippyMinton Sun 12-May-13 10:10:23

DS is obviously taking it all in his stride and I am quietly fretting investigating the practicalities of high school life. Anyone want to join me?

We have a parents meeting with DS1 Form Tutor on the 9th October, we got the slip yesterday.

He still seems happy, but it is very full on academically - he has had a History assessment last week, and got it back today with a level on it, and also has a Science assessment next week based on the last few weeks work. He says Maths is more interesting now it his been set.

The only concern I have is that English has been a bit of a mish-mash teacher wise, but the school are advertising for 2 English teachers so I think they are aware of the issue and working to resolve it.

OldBeanbagz Mon 23-Sep-13 09:24:12

DD is enjoying herself at big school. She loves Chemistry and is desperate to dissect something in Biology despite being a vegetarian!

Her previous two least favourite subjects (English & Games) are much more fun in high school so no more moaning on those days.

She was most impressed that they had prawn crackers at lunch one day, has tried lots of new puddings and generally loves the choice of food available.

This morning we discovered she'd forgotten to bring her school shoes home on Friday so i had to send her in a pair of mine. Lucky we're only a size difference!

Progress reports?

DS1 is happy just now, no detentions! (yet)

He loves French, Science (despite a shouty teacher), Maths (they have finally set this this week),and Art -never showed any interest in Primary! And is warming to Geography

English is OK, but History is boring! < not my son>

Music is still on the fence, DT is OK as is ICT, and he is a bit confused about RE!

He has managed the school bus, public transport and after school clubs well (signed up for a few) -but his school dinner choices have been interesting

DS did a hash job on his English homework, he only remembered it was due today when he consulted his planner at 8am!
To his credit, he did get it finished to a reasonable standard, although he will still get in trouble as he has gone in without his plannerblush. DD chased after him with it but he was too far ahead. Hopefully they'll cut him some slack as it's the first week.

DS seems to still be enjoying school, he lit his first Bunsen Burner with no mishaps. grin

And he liked the French teacher!

RS - "slog lord about philosophy these days" confused grin

Marmitelover55 Thu 05-Sep-13 22:31:16

Oops - text problems again on phone - really must bother to previews next time

Marmitelover55 Thu 05-Sep-13 22:30:24

DD1 had a much better day today too smile She was not looking forward to RS but shed lived it. Seems to be slog lord about philosophy these days. She is really looking forward to double food tech tomorrow, although slightly concerned she hasn't been asked to take in any ingredients...

Lancelottie Thu 05-Sep-13 21:54:27

Yes to the magnesium here too -- and DD says some girls spotted her sitting on her own at lunchtime and said 'We saw you on your own, do you want to be our friend?'

Yes please!

Takver Thu 05-Sep-13 19:38:00

Very good day here, too - dd is in the same set for science as her bf from primary and they got to set fire to magnesium grin

DS came out saying today was good, better than yesterday (first day)
Oh good I thought, he's actually going to tell me something about what happened ....
"I had lunch today, yesterday I only had a teeny pot of pasta" grin

Just like at primary lunch is the most important thing - and the only thing I can get him to tell me about. When he was little I used to ask "What did you have for pudding ?" as a fail-safe conversation starter smile

SonorousBip Thu 05-Sep-13 10:41:21

I'm another one who feels their PFB has really grown up in the last few days. He has a bus journey on his own which he has really taken to and the independence has really boosted him. I'm hearing good things about the lunches, they've had a team building day etc. Not heard anything specifically about new friends, but that will come in my view, he was a reasonably popular boy at primary and has a cheerful and friendly nature. He has volunteered to be the class rep, which somewhat surprised me but I was delighted that he wanted to have a go.

So, all good with us so far. Bound to have some wobbles over the next few weeks, but a nice solid start.

Lancelottie Thu 05-Sep-13 10:02:53

Uh oh. Second day in, and DD was late.

She'd practised cycling the route, but never in 8 o'clock traffic. DS takes 20 minutes to do the trip, DD somehow took 45!

DollyTwat Thu 05-Sep-13 08:39:16

My pfb has grown up in 2 days!
He's up and showered before 7, made me a cuppa in bed this morning, breakfast eaten and a LOT of Lynx sprayed about!
He wasn't impressed he had to lug 2 lots of pe stuff in today, but he went off happy

Marmitelover55 Wed 04-Sep-13 22:46:52

My DD1 had a half day induction today - first full day tomorrow. She has been v v excited but came out a bit tearful and worried that she won't remember all of the important stuff she was told today. Hope she has a good day tomorrow.

Lancelottie Wed 04-Sep-13 22:24:56

* Names changed to spare Luke's blushes.

Lancelottie Wed 04-Sep-13 22:24:24

Well, after an entire summer of fretting, DD strolled out of school beaming.

'It's fine, mum. And I'm sitting next to this really nice boy, and he's called Luke, and he's really nice, and there's Eleanor, she's nice too, but Luke is just sooo nice, ooooh...' <repeat ad nauseam>

WTF? DD usually regards boys as another species. This is not how the first day was meant to go!

OldBeanbagz Wed 04-Sep-13 20:55:04

DD had a fab day though was a bit hmm about the pudding at lunchtime.

I got the rundown on all her new friends and the boys who got told off today shock

Takver Wed 04-Sep-13 19:20:42

Opposite here, CoolIt - DD is deeply unimpressed about Welsh first thing Monday morning on week A - but reconciled because they have two x maths Monday morning week B.

She was very excited about her first science lesson today - I suspect she will be deeply disappointed if they aren't issued with a lab coat and bunsen burner straight away grin

DS1 did not feel up to going to football after school! shock

He has perked up after a shower and wants to go to chess club tonight.

He got more homework!

DS1 had his first full day today...he loved it! First maths lesson tomorrow which he isn't looking forward to at all but so far so good! He did admit to leading half the class up the wrong stairs because he thought he knew where the ICT room was, apparently they're calling him 'lost Lucas' now grin

Well no phone calls so I am assuming he managed ok and the feeling sick wore off. I told him if he still felt under the weather to just come home on the school bus, and not to go to the after school football, I have a feeling he may be going to the football. grin

Not PFB but PLB off to secondary this morning with his big sister.

Hope he's having a good day .... he found a friend to walk in with (as well as his sister) so that was good to see.

I wasn't even needed for the first school run! He went out of the door without a backward glance.
School is apparently "Meh", but pretty much everything is these days so it could be anything from amazing to disastrous.

OldBeanbagz Wed 04-Sep-13 12:35:29

I'm officially not needed sad

Saw PFB off on the bus having been sacked from the job of taking her on the first day in favour of travelling with her friends.

I expected her to text when she got to school and she promised to text me at lunchtime. So far NOTHING!

I hope she's seriously having a great first day while i sit here counting the hours until she's home!

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