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pinknosedevereux Wed 07-Oct-09 18:39:21

What do we think? Is everyone in a frenzy yet?

bruffin Wed 07-Oct-09 23:11:17

The parents that my yr7 DD took around weren't
The mum said "can we hurry up I want to go outside for fag" and was really grumpy!

BrigitBigKnickers Wed 07-Oct-09 23:33:18

We are all schooled out. The science labs all seem to have generic experiments laid on.

If I see another screaming jelly baby experiment, or be asked to dissect an onion I will scream!

Went to three last week! Last one tomorrow phew!

LovelyDear Thu 08-Oct-09 01:01:49

have you done the vacuum pumped marshmallows?

sneakergirl Thu 08-Oct-09 13:38:00

Oh I feel deprived now! I want to see screamin jelly babies and vacuum pumped marshmallows! All we've seen is a bit of liver hmm, pond life and methane bubbles!

I have heard enough headteachers' talks to last a lifetime though! Apparently we have such amazingly fabulous schools round these parts, despite what the results might show! grin

We've seen all the schools now ... and now it's decision time! I make up my mind, hear a comment about a school, change my mind, chase my tail ... I feel I might be coming round to the local 'improving' comp that DD wants to go to, so I think I might avoid all talk in the playground until the form is handed in!

deaddei Thu 08-Oct-09 14:27:17

sneakergirl- yes I'm avoiding the schoolgate for the same reason. Can't bear it. I like similar up and coming local comp- dh yet to be convinced.

LovelyDear Thu 08-Oct-09 22:30:16

me too - up and coming seems so much more hopeful somehow, like riding the crest of a wave.......

LynetteScavo Thu 08-Oct-09 22:41:32

We've finished the looking around....thank heavens because my stomach did a flip every time we aproached the entrance of a school. I felt like I was 13 and about to be shoved around all over again. sad

We have seen many, many castles made by Y7's. We've seen many papier mache volcanoes (I'm failing to see the education valued in mixing bicarb and vinigar a food colouring for a bright high school student hmm)

I've filled out the form and sent it off. Now for the long, long wait.

LynetteScavo Thu 08-Oct-09 22:43:12

DS won't be going to the school where the head girl had "enjoyed her journey" though the school. grin

CristinaTheAstonishing Thu 08-Oct-09 22:54:51

We saw a screaming jelly experiment and could have dissected an onion this very evening. Very impressed by local state secondary, I thought I was visiting just to cross it off our list (DS in Y5). I liked the children, took every opportunity to make small talk with them, to see if i could imagine DS being like them and if I'd like it. Third school, a couple more to go.

Clary Fri 09-Oct-09 00:07:58

We've seen one school and it was fab.

It's about 5 mins walk away, all DS1's pals will be going there plus a few he knows from other schools; it's got a dynamic head and good results (FWIW).

We had already applied but went to the open night anyway. I couldn't get the kids to leave. DS2 (who is 6 btw) wants to go there now grin

(no marchmallows or jellybabies tho sad)

LynetteScavo Fri 09-Oct-09 09:14:03

Clary, that's brilliant.

What is this screaming jelly baby thing? I want to do it!

mimsum Fri 09-Oct-09 09:39:24

here you go, Lynette

screaming jelly babies

favourite y7/8 science experiment

ds1's school had exploding watermelons too wink

BrigitBigKnickers Fri 09-Oct-09 09:55:45

The other experiment we saw last night which was quite fun was the alker selzer rockets.

Dissolve them in little film pots. Put the lid on and stand them upside down. They shoot off when the pressure becomes too great!

I was impressed with the school I saw last night with DD2 (our very local high school)but really would like to visit on a working day.

One of DD1s friends goes there and she's always regailing tales of disruption in lessons.

deaddei Fri 09-Oct-09 11:50:20

We had maggot racing in testtubes.

GrungeBlobPrimpants Fri 09-Oct-09 12:09:04

Oh we've seen screaming jelly baby too!

Van der graff generator v popular

Best bit for ds was putting on rubber gloves and handling dissected pig heart & lung (it was in a quiet lab upstairs. Parents were warned of the contents before deciding to go in. 10yo boys couldnt get enough grin

Ds compiling own school league table based on quantity and quality of free food given out

BrigitBigKnickers Fri 09-Oct-09 12:17:10

The history department put on a great cullinary show last night. They had given their pupils the recipes for various rationing delights to be made for homework!

The mocholat was superb!

katiestar Sat 10-Oct-09 23:10:32

The worse the school ,the more fun the activities IME

DS did a chemistry experiment where he held a can with water in in the flame of a bunsen vurner for about a minute and then plunged it into cold water where it imploded

French department had croissants and hot chocolate which you had to order in French

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