She might not get distinction.
I’d prepared her (and myself) and reminded her that it was a very short space of time to get up to distinction level and that there would be no shame in getting a merit after working on Grade 3 so briefly.
But then I saw her practising in the kitchen and she was good. Very good.
It’s the strength and control, but also the expression on her face and the sheer beauty of her arms.
Yes, she’d only been working on Grade 3 for a short time, but if that wasn’t distinction, I really didn’t know what was!
I watched her class a few days before the exam and, as I expected, she was the best. There were 10 girls taking the exam and surely at least one of the would get distinction? Surely that would be my daughter?
And then her ballet teacher started talking to me about her making more progress in her ballet. Surely she wouldn’t offer that to someone who was ‘only’ worthy of a merit?
So nearly two months after her exam, the all-important email came, with the all-important word on it.
I must admit, I shed a little tear.
She’d done it again!
A few days later, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that she was the only one out of her class, most of whom had been working on their Grade 3 for two years, to get a distinction.
And her mark? 77% – exactly the same as she’d got for her Grade 2! My talented girl is certainly consistent.
I’m very proud of her for achieving distinction in two ballet exams in one year.