Ballet exam do’s and don’ts
Dec03

Ballet exam do’s and don’ts

My daughter has done five ballet exams over the years – Primary and Grades 1 to 4. She has also done her Grade 1 tap, Grade 2 modern and Bronze jazz. So we’re getting quite good at these exams! I thought it might be useful to share some tips that we’ve picked up along the way, for families who are new to ballet. My daughter does the RAD exams, but I’m sure these do’s and don’ts would work just as...

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The German exchange revisited
Nov29

The German exchange revisited

When my son said goodbye to his German exchange partner when he was in year 9, they agreed they would do it all over again in year 10. But would they even be allowed to do it again? The two boys got on brilliantly right from the start. They shared interests in football and gaming and seemed to have the same sense of humour. They’ve stayed in touch with each other and my son can often be heard laughing with his German friend...

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The car insurance goes through the roof
Nov27

The car insurance goes through the roof

If you read my post yesterday, you will know just how much I’ve loved having a teenage son who is able to drive. It has taken a lot of pressure off me. But I didn’t ever want him to drive to school. There is a reason why I have a car and that’s because I need it myself. I need it for various things, but particularly for driving my younger son to school. If I don’t have my car, I can’t drive my younger son...

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Having a teenager who can drive
Nov26

Having a teenager who can drive

When my son passed his driving test a couple of months ago, parents of older teenagers told me it would change my life. And I didn’t believe them. Because he wouldn’t have his own car. He would need to drive my car, leaving me without it. Surely that wouldn’t be any less hassle than me having to take him places myself? (He wouldn’t be getting his own car either and if I had a pound for every person who said to...

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Grade 4 ballet exam
Nov22

Grade 4 ballet exam

It’s two years since my daughter took her Grade 3 ballet exam, just a few months after her Grade 2. Grade 4 ballet is a huge step up from Grade 3. It has far more exercises and takes almost twice as long. Getting through it all is exhausting and leaves my daughter out of breath. Apparently you need 75 hours’ lesson time, plus 20 hours’ practise at home to get through the Grade 4 syllabus and be prepared for the exam....

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My kids,  the growth mindset and me
Nov19

My kids, the growth mindset and me

A few times a year, my kids have a day off the timetable at school and learn some sort of lifeskill. I’ve often heard them say ‘We learned about the growth mindset’ and I’ve nodded, but never actually known what the growth mindset is. I learned recently. And I was shocked. It made me question my parenting and the way I treat my kids. The growth mindset feeds into a lot of elements of education. It colours the...

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