Has a bomb gone off?

It’s now the night before my children start the new school year. We’ve tried on all the uniform and tied the tie so many times in so many styles. Now we are packing the bags. My daughter has retrieved all the school books and folders that were thrown into her wardrobe at the end of last term. She is trying to decide what she needs to keep, what can go and what she may need on her first day back. At the moment the lounge looks like a bomb has gone off in it. FILING sounds good at this time! MORE SPACE cries my daughter.

I must remember that after 9am tomorrow morning, life still carries on and I will need to go to work. Everything is focused on the 8.40am arrival time.

Plus I must remember that I need a treat after these last few stressful days. A bit of retail therapy I feel will be necessary. Then I can get on with my new book. I’m at dilemma do I continue with my “Farmer ” book? or do I write “More Talk of the playground”? which is itching to come out of my fingers. Or shall I just write them both?

Back to school grumps

Anyone else putting up with the back to school grumps? So far it’s been quite a pleasant 6 week holiday, until this morning when things just seemed to blow up out of control. Reminders to child number 1 that there was still outstanding homework from child number 2, who is in limbo having left primary school but starts secondary next week, didn’t go down well! I wonder why?

Child number 2 is feeling vulnerable having been the oldest and “top dog” class last year, will now be the lowest and newest this year. So we have mood swings and senseless demands as we head into the mysterious world of being a teenager!

Child number 1 has only one more year at secondary, so we will have to think about 6th form options pretty soon.
Fate (Timeless Trilogy #1)Fate by Tallulah Grace

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a thriller to me and I’m afraid that thrillers scare me too much! I have disturbed sleep after reading them. However it was well written until the end, I found the ending rather abrupt after the long build up and for me I would have preferred to know more about what happened to the characters afterwards, but that’s the old romantic in me I suppose.It is good to challenger yourself to read different types of material.

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Get Ahead

Parents in touch have their latest newsletter out full of tips to help your child get started in the new school year. It’s a great site with lots of downloads, exam papers and information for parents.

The Water BabiesThe Water Babies by Charles Kingsley

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book is a classic. It is a fairy tale with a moral. A bit like eating cardboard at times. Full of remarks related to the political and social scene of the times, so was sometimes hard to follow.

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Have now moved on to the very funny “Thrift” By Phil Church. Will let you know when I’ve finished it.
ThriftThrift by Phil Church

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very funny romp through a term at an English Secondary school. All the horrors of a group of unruly kids lead by a team of failing teachers, whose own lives are failing at the same time.

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A New School

Over the summer, you may need to start thinking about the move to a new school. Secondary schools hold open evenings very early on, usually in September, because you need to apply, online, by the end of October for your child’s place.
For some of you it will mean a huge step into the unknown, it could be frightening for you and your child. Do make an effort and go to meetings, they have a huge load of positive and helpful information. And most definitely attend the open evenings. Some schools also offer daytime tours. You may also be able to get a group of you together and ask for a tour at a separate date. If there are several schools from which to choose, check out the catchment areas and seriously look at the points system as to how your application will be considered. For instance; 1. Are you in catchment? Do you have a sibling already at the school? Do you have special religious reasons to attend the school? Does your child have special needs?
Also listen to what others are saying about the schools. Is this the school they are all raving about? BUT remember results only reflect the school year children who were tested, i.e. SATs and GCSE results. Also gossip about a school can often be out of date! When I chose a secondary school place, my catchment school was supposed to be second best in the area. For me personally, I found that they were prepared to work harder to raise their results and their reputation than the other school which assumed I would want my child to attend because they were already the best! My catchment school is NOT perfect, but I don’t know a school which can be! However my child is happy, thriving and achieving good results. She is an engaged learner who is now very independent and has only 1 year left to go.
So listen to your gut feelings as well and getting a feel for the school. Don’t rush decisions and try to get as much information as you can