We’ve had recent reports and parents evenings, and I’m happy to report that everyone is on course. Lauren is currently deep into revision for GCSEs, as well as figuring out what college to go to (probably Barton Peveril Sixth Form College) and what to study (a selection from Art, History, Psychology, Eng Lit and Graphics). She’s doing a tremendous job of taking revision seriously, as well as supporting her friends’ revision. It does mean we get some interesting questions, for example when she just asked me “Can you explain the Military Industrial Complex to me pretty simply?”
Sam is currently figuring out his GCSE options. Three sciences, geography, computing, stats, and graphics are the likely choices. No language, which we’ve thought a lot about, but he doesn’t enjoy French and (shocking admission here) I don’t value it the way it’s taught at schools, so no language.
If you need to make your 15 year old daughter cry, just show her the WH Auden poem scene from Four Weddings and a Funeral. That is all.
We were discussing how rubbish school is (amiright?!) when I asked Lauren if she was looking forward to A levels, when she’d only be doing subjects she actually wanted to do. She responded with “But I don’t like anything any more!”
…except we’re not actually going anywhere this year. In a foolish moment we said we’d stay home this year and save up for a trip to California next year, and boy has Lauren been holding us to that. So we’re having a staycation, planning a few day trips but otherwise staying home and replacing the driveway. I’m not sure the kids understand how involved they’ll be in that project, but they soon will be.
Lauren is currently in the second week of a two-week placement at the excellent Potion Pictures. It’s been a bit of an eye-opener for her – you have to stay at work for like 8 hours at a time, and you don’t change what you’re doing every hour! – but a great experience. She’s done some work on a US TV show, as well as on an invite for a company event, and seems to be enjoying it (except for the issues mentioned above).