Today, we were notified that Elliot has received a Deputy Head Commendation aware for his performance in the recent examinations at school. A great result acknowledging his determination and resilience through the last few months – a really impressive result.
Now, he needs to build on this for year 9 and onto his GCSE’s 🙂
We are now three days in and have learned a few things…
1. Make sure to get out and exercise in the middle of the day to break up the lessons. It seems that by half way point, the kids would WAY rather go out on a dog walk than do more classes, BUT at the end of the day the only thing that the dog walk is doing is get in the way of Xbox….
2. Prep the night before – having the lesson plans printed and ready to go removes and issue relating to internet access on the day
3. Focus – Oliver is even worse with his focus issues in a school environment – just one of the dogs wandering into the room is enough to disrupt his ability to concentrate…. and he would like to listen to music…. y, right!!
4. Mid morning snack – core to keeping the beast that is the hangry gene from mutating all over the dining room….
Last night was Olly’s parents evening and we had 15 minutes with his two core teachers.
Bottom line is that he seems to be happy at school (which we fully agree with now that the issues of earlier in the school year with one of his classmates appears to be resolved) and that with the exception of his ability to retain focus during lessons, he is doing well overall.
His SAT scores are 102 for maths and 110 for combined English. Therefore he is about where he should be (we did hear that phrase perhaps too often last night) although would really be helped with additional focus.
At this stage we are pretty happy with his progress and will knuckle down on his focus and writing – we saw clearly last night that he absolutely can write neatly, he just needs a greater focus on it and more and more practise.