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  1. Karen

    Poor Star, sometimes you do have to wonder what the schools are thinking. I think your approach was the best, pushing doesn’t get you far, letting them make their own minds up is better. How lovely to have a theatre trip planned!

    • Anne Sweet

      I was disappointed with the school after all their promises, but at least they put it right in the end. Fingers crossed we make it through the next two weeks.

  2. Kim Carberry

    Go Star. Good on her for giving the exams a go even after a few hiccups. It sounds like you did the right thing by not pushing her. You know her best. Good luck to her with the rest of the exams.
    How can your Little Man be leaving primary school in the summer? Time really does fly.
    Hooray for booking the ballet! How exciting! x
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    • Anne Sweet

      I know, I can’t believe there will be no more primary school. It’s a bit daunting to think my eldest left primary in 1999, that’s 22 years ago…eeek!

  3. Astrid

    I’m so proud of Star for sitting all of her exams! I remember mine clearly and they were quite stressful. So sad she was put in the same rooom with disruptive kids. Glad it got sorted eventually though. #WotW
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    • Anne Sweet

      Exams are stressful and I was so disappointed with the school when the went back on their plans. It was too much for her, but at least we have it sorted now.

  4. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    Well done to Star for giving the full timetable a go and wishing her all the best of luck with her exams. Sorry that Tuesday didn’t go well and glad that the school changed that for the rest of the exams. How lovely to have a trip to the ballet booked – something to look forward to. #WotW

  5. cheryl time to craft

    How lovely to have the ballet to look forward to. I can’t wait to book theatre tickets again. My heart goes out to Star and all the GCSE candidates. It is so tough. Definitely harder if the exam room was set up to be distracting. Glad you got it sorted and your approach was perfect. Good luck to Star. It sounds like her school is running mocks, which I’d prefer. Ours is running end of topic style tests in the classrooms, which stretch out over many weeks. All the way to half term.

    • Anne Sweet

      I am so hoping that school will be finished for her in a couple of weeks. She has done so well to get so far, but I do think it’s time to move on now. I’m really excited about the ballet, even if it is next year.

  6. Joleisa

    I couldn’t help but think that it must be really stressful to deal with exams and everything else going on right now.
    Good on Star for giving it a go. And all the best to her too. Well, everyone is growing up, not just us! Our youngest turned 18 recently so it’s an all adult house round here! Thanks for allowing us a sneak peek into your interesting week. And also for allowing us to share.

  7. John Adams

    Nowthen Anne, I don’t know if you’ve seen my blog posts, but during Lockdown 1 I started studying maths with the aim of taking maths GCSE as an adult because I failed it at school. I’ve just sat GCSE foundations papers (yes, in my 40s). A lot of people don;t appreciate that exams are still going ahead, they’re just being marked by teachers and not exam boards. Your blog post shows they are going ahead and the stresses youngsters are under. I really feel for them and Star after such a disrupted two academic years (something else peopel overlook, COVID has been around for just over a year but it has disrupted two academic years). Good luck Star!

    • Anne Sweet

      You are so right, the poor kids (And teachers) have had it so tough, and now the younger year nines are facing disruption. My other daughter hasn’t even chosen her options to study for her GCSEs. I don’t think their school is coping very well. I did my exams before leaving school, but then I took a bit of a break before returning to study later in life. It’s never too late to learn. Good luck to you too.

  8. Jayne

    How lovely that you have the ballet booked. I hope you have the best time.
    Also a big well done to Star for having a go, it’s so very stressful for them.

    Thanks so much for hosting. x

  9. Jane - Our Little Escapades

    What were the school playing at mixing the kids together like that. I’m glad they listened and sorted it out. Exams are stressful at the best of times. I was always better at the coursework. I think you did the right thing cutting the exams down for Star. Also bursting with pride that she now wants to take them all #WotW

    • Anne Sweet

      We have just one week of exams to go now, she’s done every single one, but she’s trying real hard. The school have really got their act together too.

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