Friday, 7 September 2007


Friday's as good a day as any to update the blog. It's also as imaginative as I can be for a name for this week's entry. It has been a busy week.

Cadet Princess & Prince both did the QCS this week - along with what seems like half our neighbour's kids. The two days of testing was stressful, to say the least, & our two candidates handled it all quite differently. Miss, who is an enthusiastic student, tried her hardest & will have done well - she'd like to do medicine one day & the higher her overall position score (OP) the more likely she will succeed in gaining entrance. Mister (who is 2 years younger) was considering he would wag the exam because he's totally OVER school, as kids get, until Dad threatened him with a fate worse than death if he didn't go.

The reason for such a reaction from dear old dad? The QCS is tied in with school ratings. If Mister hadn't sat the exam, he would have automatically got an E- grade which would have influenced not only his marks but also the school's standing against the State average score. His mates would not have been pleased as their OP would have dropped!

Don't get me wrong. The cadet prince has school attendence issues, but overall he's a nice kid. From now on in, though, if the he wants to wag school (he's missed about 30+ days this year), we're not going to argue with him that he does. The experience of having 6 other kids who have done year 12 before/at the same time as him, tells us that if he's not going willingly at this stage, he's a lost cause. He knows he's damaging his post-school options, particularly if he wants to go to university or get an apprenticeship.

Experience also tells us that our cadet prince will come good and make his way in the world quite nicely. What he did or didn't do in school won't really matter in 5 years time. Many others before him in the family have had their fair share of rocking the boat some time in the past (me particularly) & they are doing just fine now. He will be OK too.

Meanwhile, youngest princess is head-in-books working towards all important half-semester exams, I'm back teaching full-time & loving it, Paul's caught in Darwin at the mercy of Qantas, & Lucy's toilet training is progressing nicely. We've even had follow-up rain to last week's soaking efforts.

More next time. Happiness & laughter always,


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