The all-rounder

Way back at the start of year 5, my younger son’s teacher said he’d never met anyone as well-rounded as my son. That was a real compliment to me. Because we all know he’s clever, crazily clever. But there’s a whole lot more to him than that. His teacher could see beyond the clever kid to all the other things that make him amazing.

So, the teacher said he was really good at sport (which we knew, but previous teachers had failed to recognise, possibly blinded by the clever kid thing) and he was popular and friendly. My son’s teacher is the sort to tell it like it is and say things others might not say in these PC times – that clever kids aren’t usually good at sport and they often lack social skills and can be unpopular. But my son isn’t the weird, geeky kid who can’t kick a ball straight. He’s the awesome kid who is so strong and powerful whether running, playing football or playing rugby – and other kids like him, not just the clever kids, but all kids.

Year 5 has been a really good year for my son and he’s thrived and had lots of great opportunities with school.

There can be no doubting that he really is an all-rounder when I look at everything he’s represented the school in this year. It’s safe to say nobody has represented the school in quite so many competitions (and, in keeping with his teacher’s view of clever kids – the other ‘maths’ kids weren’t on the football team).

I think this is everything he’s done this year, but I may be wrong. My son has represented the school in:

Son, school, gifted & talented, loud 'n' proud

That’s not bad for one boy in one year. Here’s to the start of year 6 and another great year for my brilliant son.

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. He sounds brilliant and like such a good guy too with everyone he meets. It’s great he has good teachers too to support him and recognise the talent. In my school your son would probably make head boy 🙂

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    • Thanks very much 🙂 I do secretly hope he will be head boy… Will find out in a few weeks.

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  2. Congratulations to your wonderful son. Here’s hoping year six is another brillliant year for him.

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    • Thanks very much! Got the small matter of the grammar school entrance exam right at the start of the year. Eeek!

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  3. Fantastic! My eldest (who has just finished year 1) is more of the cerebral type and doesn’t show much aptitude or inclination for sports, although I’m gently encouraging him and hoping he will grow into more physical activities more, particularly since he’s already a good runner. Important as academics are, for so many reasons it’s valuable for them to be well-rounded.

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    • Thanks, I like to think so! I think a lot of boys get into sport just from the influence of those around them – and if he’s a good runner that will give him a really good head start.

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    • Thanks very much, he is! 🙂 x

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    • He really is! Thanks very much 🙂 x

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  4. Very rare, to find someone so well rounded in his skills AND popular. And so many different sports too, with different important skills attached to them. Looking forward to hearing what he does next year!!

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    • Thanks very much 🙂 I’m hoping passing his entrance exam for grammar school is the first thing he does!

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  5. Clearly a very proud mummy with a glowing school report. No wonder you’re loud and proud xx

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    • Thanks very much 🙂

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  6. That is an amazing achievement and yes so great to be an all-rounder as it will give him so many more choices as he grows up

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  7. You must be burs tingly proud! Well done your amazing son. Being an all-rounder means he will have so many opportunities to choose from. All the very best in Year 6!

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