Tale of two halves. This time last year it was boiling hot and it was organised chaos outside of QMHS. How much of the interregnum since has been spent nervously waiting for pizza delivery marketing people and posties!! BTW don't know why that word (interregnum) suddenly came back into my mind, must be the wider events of the last week.
DD enjoyed the day at KEVIHS - met up with someone that she knew from another school. Enjoyed the lessons etc. Hadn't planned on how disruptive it would be for DD2, she has always had big sister going to school with her so that needed carefully sorting out. DD2 wanted to go to big school too! As per the open evening said the school lunches were really nice (Is it dinners or lunches) and do I now give her supper when she gets home, now that she is starting at a grammar
Forgive the colloquial, but my DD like's her scran, so she is over the moon on that score.
She said some other girls were a bit nervous as well. I think I must have made the place out like a Victorian workhouse or something, because she said it was fairly relaxed, even playful at times. I think whatever happens as parents you have no idea what it is actually like on a day to day basis, so yesterday was always going be an eye opener for DD's. The day when skewed expectation and anticipation collided with reality. Bit like going on a holiday to a place you have never been to before, but heard lots about. It is always different with only some of the things you have been told turning out to be recognisably true.
We had a chat and dinner, she showed us the 1 hour a night homework schedule, plus they have to do some stuff over the summer. All looking good. Later kind of out of the blue, fell in a big heap on the floor crying and saying she wasn't ready for high school and she didn't want to go anymore. Also said that she could not possibly do it all. Said she felt nervous a bit, like when she was doing the 11+ exams last year.
I am not that sure it is that much to do with secondary school, more about DC can rapidly see the certainties and regularity of junior school rapidly coming to a close. I think the homework schedule of 1 hour a night might have been a bit daunting. Having watched the maths lesson at QMHS, I don't think she is going to have any problems with the difficulty. I think the biggest thing is likely to be the transition to self reliance and doing the volume of homework on a regular basis. I think that might be a bit of a shock when it comes to it. Hopefully they will be giving some easy stuff to do in the first few months, so they get into a routine. When we have talked to older girls on visits, they all seem to have good memories of Yr 7 and how easy it was.
Don't forget your study furniture (desk chair lamp) over the summer and please try and send them on the residential trip. Mine was jumping in lakes and rivers earlier this year (after health and safety risk assessments had been done), and it does them a world of good confidence wise. Great chance to form friendships which will be crucial for academic success going forward too. I think the residential's definitely contribute to academic success, but I can't say I can prove it.