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Induction at Campbell

Last Monday was our first visit to Campbell with James as a pupil.

Slightly confusingly, since it’s a boys school, there were girls as part of the welcome party, basically on loan from Strathearn, the sister school. The headmaster kicked off the evening with his standard welcome speech (much the same as on the open night) highlighting the heights to which the boys should be striving. Then it was on to more prosaic things like the interaction they’d like between the parents, pupils and school before the boys were taken away with their tutor for an initial meeting and to see where they will need to go on their first day in August.

The tutor meeting was just a short get to know you meeting with their personal tutor who’ll be the person who’ll look after them for the next seven years. After their tea and bikkies, the parents were led down to meet the tutor and collect their sons. There’s not really that much that they have to say at this point and in reality it’ll be the first proper meeting with them in early October where we’ll really start to build our relationship with James’ tutor.

We just had a glance at the prices for the school uniform and, surprisingly, they’re somewhat lower than most of the local shops although that’s without counting the customary early summer discounting.

As far as official homework goes, we’ve several booklets to read through and need to enrol on parentmail as well over the summer. Unofficial homework includes increasing the amount of reading that James does and we’re hoping to work through the remainder of the maths workbook that we bought last year to make it an easier start for him.

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Picking up the pace towards the end of primary school

With the end of primary school just over a week off, you’d think that things would be winding down but, if anything, they’ve been picking up the pace lately.

The P7 project is finally complete bar a couple of small spelling corrections so that’ll be out of the way tomorrow. It’s taken up quite a bit of time over the last few weeks as James has gotten fired up with a number of aspects of it. He wrote the text (just over 4000 words!) but I’d to gather together the photos to illustrate it which was fine for most of them but a few took quite a bit of time to track down. We printed it all out for the first time yesterday and it looks really good.

Alongside that, in school he’s getting ready for the school play which is Friday week. That’s supposed to be quite a big production so it’s keeping them quite busy during the day.

The P7 pupils are having their visits to their new schools at the moment. Priory (one of our fall-back choices) had theirs a few days ago and seems to have created a good impression on those that went along. We’re off to James’ new school next Monday evening.

The other little guy managed to spill custard over his hand on Monday and has had to be taken to the nurse every day to get the dressing changed. He’s also supposed to be getting ready for his part in the other school play so had to go to school today as otherwise he’d not get to do that.

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The project – a year in school in France

James is starting to really get into the project now and has run up getting on for 2000 words on it so far which is almost as much as Wendy or I would be writing for one of our university assignments!

The original split into the four seasons with four or five themes running through each seems to be working out quite well. Having living in a hotel lets him write about how different family life was there compared to life here (he’s had loads to write there). Making a film has let him tell all the different stages in the preparation of the film they made (which has brought back a lot of memories). He’s only just started on the school in France sections but they’re letting him highlight the differences in schooling. French customs is a bit of a mixture where he’s been able to highlight differences and similarities that you might not expect. Finally, Around the area is there to let him say something about the things he’s seen when we’ve been out and about.

We added in the first selection of photos yesterday and it’s starting to look rather well.


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Onward to secondary school

Or is it post-primary, grammar or high school? Officially it’s post-primary but that’s only because secondary got a really bad name over the years so the former secondary schools are now called high schools whilst the former high schools didn’t like to be lumped in with them and therefore rebranded themselves as grammar schools.

Anyway, he’s in the final few weeks of primary school now and we’re gearing up to his next school. We’d thought that we were over the hump of the paperwork with the transfer test behind us and school preferences in, but there’s a fair bit of paperwork to complete for his new school already.

The next year will be “interesting” for him with a change from a small handful of subjects to around a dozen different ones and exams for the majority of them next May. The school is quite a lot larger than his primary school and it’s an all-boys school too which’ll make quite a difference I suspect.

A big plus point is that it’s the school that we all felt at home in during our visits there so all being well that feeling will see him through the initial stress beginning at the end of August. He only needs to find his tutor’s classroom as the first year classes go around in groups so some of them should know where to go or at least they’ll be easier to find if they all get lost.

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The final days of primary school

The P7 class in James’ primary school stop a couple of weeks before the rest of the school in June so he’s only got a few weeks left to go now.

As expected, they’re not really teaching them anything now as they’ve done their bit and it’s the secondary schools which will take the kids on further now. That’s shame in some ways as it would be useful to do some final preparations of them for their new schools as it’s going to be quite a jolt to the system for quite a number of the kids.

At the moment, the homeworks have disappeared and in their place is “the project” which is the final piece of work that they’ll do in primary school. They’ve a totally free choice of subject for the first time ever which I’m sure has left a fair number of kids and their parents floundering. After all, few people would be told to go and do a project – they’d have at least a subject to work with.

Anyway, we’ve talked James into doing his on his school life in France which is probably about ideal as it both gives him a decent subject to work with and it will also give him something to remember his time in France too.

In school, it’s the final assembly and play that the P7 kids are working on with just three weeks to go before the performance. They’re not having a prom this year but instead have a fun day the week after they officially leave primary school. That’s thanks to a vote that the kids were offered months ago, the result of which didn’t go down too well with a number of the parents who were gearing up to top last year’s (Hummers, stretch limos, and little girls made up like stars seemed a bit much for a primary school).

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