Loud ‘n’ Proud 14.7.16
Jul14

Loud ‘n’ Proud 14.7.16

Wow, the year is flying away with us and it’s the end of the school year already, give it a day or two. (My kids are finishing on three different days, just to complicate matters.) I don’t know about you, but there’s something about the end of the school year that makes me proud. It’s a time to reflect, to look back on all your kids have achieved that year, how they’ve grown and developed, what...

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Parkrun triumphs 2016
Jul13

Parkrun triumphs 2016

Following our earlier post on Parkrun triumphs, here’s another round-up of my family’s Parkrun achievements. On 12th March, my husband told me he was going to beat my PB. This must have been like red rag to a bull because somehow I found it in me to beat the PB I’d held for five months by a whole 44 seconds, achieving a time of 23:34. I was 79th runner out of 379 and the eighth woman across the line. I beat my...

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The matchbox challenge
Jul05

The matchbox challenge

When the school set a matchbox challenge as a fundraiser, I thought that sounded interesting. You needed to fit as many different items in a matchbox as you could. Erm – a match (of course), a hair grip, a safety pin, a button, a coin, a bead… And then I got stuck. What else could fit in a matchbox? (The note accompanying the box helpfully reminded kids not to include bogies or toenail clippings!) You had to fill in your...

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The fun swimming gala
Jun30

The fun swimming gala

I’ve said it before and I’ll no doubt say it again – our primary school isn’t very good at sport. They do enter lots of competitions, but they don’t do much training or necessarily choose their strongest team. My daughter loves swimming and was very excited to be picked for a gala at her absolute favourite swimming pool – the outdoor pool. Now I’m not a lover of swimming and, although the...

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Loud ‘n’ Proud 23.6.16
Jun23

Loud ‘n’ Proud 23.6.16

It’s that time of the week again already. Yes, it’s Thursday and it’s time to stand up and say ‘I’m feeling Loud’n’Proud!’. There’s plenty to feel proud of every day and sometimes it’s necessary to put them down onto metaphorical paper and remember it. So what are you feeling proud of this week? Maybe your teenager has worked really hard towards their GCSEs or A Levels? Maybe...

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The long jump and not being the underdog
Jun22

The long jump and not being the underdog

A few weeks ago, in PE class, my younger son did his first ever long jump. After he’d jumped, the teacher stopped the class and asked them what mark they would give my son out of 10. A few of them said 10. Then the teacher said he agreed – citing my son’s perfect run-up, his precisely timed take-off, the way he landed with both feet together and his weight forward. It was a perfect long jump and a not-at-all shoddy...

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