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Well 'A' has just finished her third week at High School and I'm so pleased to say she's absolutely loving it! She's finding the lessons so much more interesting and challenging than at Primary School and she's even now starting to get into a routine with homework. The first couple of weeks were hard as she found it almost impossible to get up and out on time each morning, but after lots of nagging and me finally losing it completely she's now started to pull her finger out! She joined the Rhythmic Gymnastics club this week and thoroughly enjoyed it and next week she'll be off to school orchestra for the first time. She helped out at school open evening on Tuesday by taking part in an organised badminton session and then afterwards within the Drama department. All in all we couldn't be happier at how well she's settle in.
'S' has begun studies for his GCSE's but has had a few problems with the subjects he's chosen. He has now swapped Woodwork for Food Tech but we're having major deliberations over whether he should change Music for Film Studies. I think he finds the whole prospect of completing his Music GCSE quite daunting, you see he can't read music and has never had any real instrumental lessons, but the thing is, he has a real musical talent and one we think should be encouraged. He has the ability to hear a song and magically recreate it on the piano which is something I could never do. I think his talent would come on no end by continuing with Music but he knows that we will not force him and the decision has to be his.
However, one good thing that has come out of his indecision is that regardless of whether he continues with Music as a school subject he's now decided that he wants to learn to play properly with lessons from yours truly as well as additional theory lessons. This is something we've tried many times before but up till now he's always want to 'play his own thing' and has not been interested in learning the 'technicalities'. Will keep you posted on his progress!