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 Post subject: the tale of a girl
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:32 pm 
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The tale of a girl.


November 2006

A father sits waiting in a car outside a primary school somewhere in buck’s, a 10 yr old girls runs frantically down the long drive of the school across the road and fumbles with the handle her red face etched with fear and excitement with a small envelope clutched in her hand.

‘I can’t open it she says, I know I’ve failed’

‘it’s not about passing and failing, and it doesn’t matter anyway as we have put lord bill’s first so it’s pretty irrelevant anyway’

‘you open it’

The father open the letter and reads the numbers, 2 numbers that he suddenly dreads will scar his girl for life “Sh**” what have they done why did they enter her for it, they had decided on the comprehensive anyway as they had all felt it suited her, ‘oh, cr**’

‘you did well he says lamely 118 and 114 not bad , you know as it didn’t matter probably you didn’t concentrate as much as you could don’t worry it’s not important’

The girl fall apart she cries she sobs she looks like the world has come to an end, then follows the worst few weeks; grandparents surprise, mean ugly comments from peers, and an overwhelming sense of failure and inadequacy not anything that a 10 yr old should face.


August 2012

A father sits waiting in a car outside a large state comprehensive, a 16 yr old girl runs excitedly between prefab classrooms, red faced and flushed

‘oh my god dad’ she squeals 10 a*s and an a in ICT ‘I can’t believe this’ ‘it’s so cool’ ‘dad do you remember the last time I had to do this with the 11 plus , that was the worse day of my life'

the father smiles hoping this will finally lay that ghost to rest.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:34 pm 
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Absolutely lovely tree :D I really hope it's a true story .


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 Post subject: Re: the tale of a girl
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oh yep happened today


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 Post subject: Re: the tale of a girl
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:37 pm 
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Just wonderful :D


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 Post subject: Re: the tale of a girl
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:49 pm 
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Nice one!


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 Post subject: Re: the tale of a girl
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:55 pm 
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Drat! Too slow!

Tree PMed me to ask if it would be OK to post the "Tale of a Girl". Needless to say, I was very happy for him to post it and I hoped to be the first person to congratulate his daughter. Oh well ...

The congratulations aren't diminished by that though, and she is yet another example of our unofficial forum motto: "Cream will always rise to the top".

Very, very well done, mini-Tree! :D

Sally-Anne


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 Post subject: Re: the tale of a girl
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:03 pm 
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thanks S-A and all


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 Post subject: Re: the tale of a girl
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:20 am 
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Thanks for sharing and a big congratulations to your daughter


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 Post subject: Re: the tale of a girl
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:30 am 
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Lovely
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 Post subject: Re: the tale of a girl
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:09 am 
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That's so brilliant Tree!

It just shows that the 11+ does not always get it right .... well done! :D


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