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Re: GCSE options

Post by lonelymom » Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:10 pm

Why can't she do that combination? If it's not unusual aren't there others wanting to do them?
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Re: GCSE options

Post by dinahcat » Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:32 am

I am so fed up words fail me. My daughter wants to do Latin, German and History A2 and Music AS. As I understand it there is a huge number of pupils who wish to study all the sciences and Maths which makes it difficult to time table other subjects which are in the minority.My daughter is devastated and has cried all last evening.Becaause she is predicted to get 12A*s ( she might get close!) the view seems to be as she's good at everything she can choose something else. Actually, she's not good at everything by any means but she works really hard and feels really let down.I don't know why I am saying all this on here really. Just wanted to moan and get some sympathy.

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Post by fra828 » Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:50 am

Even though I am a Hertford old blue from 40 years ago, I do sympathise with you. Languages were my favourite subjects at CH-but I was in the 'B' form and disappointed I couldn't do Latin. The combination of subjects your daughter wants to do, looks very 'compatible'. I hope she will be allowed to do them after all. :)

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Post by blondie95 » Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:51 pm

I know when i joined as a new dep, a few deps had to re-think their a level options due to timetabling issues, for most it was case of looking at the 4 streams of subjects and swapping them around in order to meet timetabling issues! I know those who were wanting to do match/sciences and also a humanities subject had really problems!
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Post by lonelymom » Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:23 pm

dinahcat wrote: Just wanted to moan and get some sympathy.
Feel free to moan whenever you like. And you and your daughter definitely have my sympathy. The A level subjects she has chosen sound like a good combination to me, is there a chance she will get to do them or has she had a definite 'NO'?
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Re: GCSE options

Post by J.R. » Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:51 am

One on our grand-daughters is a brillint musician and a brilliant artist. (No - I'm not blowing her trumpet because of relationships !)

Having set her options for GCSE, she has ben told that it's either music or art - NOT BOTH !

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Post by blondie95 » Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:52 pm

J.R. wrote:One on our grand-daughters is a brillint musician and a brilliant artist. (No - I'm not blowing her trumpet because of relationships !)

Having set her options for GCSE, she has ben told that it's either music or art - NOT BOTH !

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that is i remember quite common due to the way they split GCSE subjects for choosing and the timetabling, most school have a 4 groups such as humanties (history/geography), language (to do an extra to compulsary french) then art/music which would consist of music, art and drama and therefore only could do one! It doesnt seem fair especially if someone is ery talented in that area, but it seems to be they way they schools do it in order to timetable and i think poissibly to ensure pupils gcse's are all encompassing
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Re: GCSE options

Post by lonelymom » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:40 pm

Well, my daughter got all her first choices for her gcse options, so we're happy. I was just wondering how everybody else got on? Have we all got happy kids, or were there some disappointments? :roll:
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Post by Barnes Mum » Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:27 pm

My daughter didn't get all her choices. :( She didn't get Classics so is doing Drama instead, one of her back up choices. She's not 100% sure of the reason but thinks that not enough children wanted to do Classics to make up a class. She seems to have got over her initial disappointment and is now happy with Drama. :D

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Post by Ajarn Philip » Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:45 pm

Barnes Mum wrote:My daughter didn't get all her choices. :( She didn't get Classics so is doing Drama instead, one of her back up choices. She seems to have got over her initial disappointment and is now happy with Drama. :D
She could do a lot worse! It's a wonderful area to explore, and I do hope she benefits from it. Please tell her from me to go for it wholeheartedly.
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Re: GCSE options

Post by Barnes Mum » Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:59 pm

Ajarn Philipu wrote: She could do a lot worse! It's a wonderful area to explore, and I do hope she benefits from it. Please tell her from me to go for it wholeheartedly.
Thank you. :) I'm sure she will. She enjoys drama and is involved in this year's junior play 'Pan.' So I'm confident she'll enjoy it.

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Re: GCSE options

Post by huggermugger » Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:09 pm

My DS got all his choices, which we are obviously pleased about. I don't envy the staff having to sort out the timetabling - must be like doing the worst Suduko puzzle ever....

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Re: GCSE options

Post by englishangel » Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:03 pm

This reminds me of the Sister on the ward I worked on after becoming a midwife.

She HATED doing the staff rota and would take hours triyng to work it out. So once I qualified, with great relief she would give it to me telling me it would be 'good practise'.

It didn't worry me at all (I have that sort of mind) so I would take about three minutes working out the rota and 15 minutes reading a magazine, and she thought I was amazing.
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Re: GCSE options

Post by lonelymom » Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:11 pm

I'm glad your DS got his first choices too, huggermugger. I know there were some disappointments, which is such a shame :(
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Re: GCSE options

Post by ailurophile » Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:26 pm

I've just heard from my DS (after some chasing! I gather he can't check or send e-mail except on a Monday as the computer room is locked!) that he hasn't got both his first choice options. I haven't managed to speak to him yet to see how he feels about this, but I'm very disappointed by the news myself. I appreciate that the timetabling must be a nightmare, but he wanted to study two modern languages which apparently isn't going to be possible, and I would have imagined that would be a fairly popular combination of subjects?

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