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How tired

Post by onewestguncopse » Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:32 pm

Looking back, how tired where the new 2nd form when they returned home for the first leave weekend? They seem so busy, rushing to and fro. Also, how long was it before they got into the rhythm of the place? It is odd, but having worked here since 1996, this is the first year I have a vested interest in the 2nd form!

Finally, do boys actually do the prep/work as hard as they might? Did you find that they dipped a bit academically to start with until they learnt the habit? That is my wife's worry! :wink:

and how tired were the staff? :oops:

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Re: How tired

Post by Eruresto » Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:28 am

onewestguncopse wrote: Finally, do boys actually do the prep/work as hard as they might? Did you find that they dipped a bit academically to start with until they learnt the habit? That is my wife's worry! :wink:
For me it was the other way around. When I started, we had the 7'-tall deps looking over our shoulders, as well as the ever-present Oli Marlow (of "Calm Down Sit Down Grow Up Shut Up" fame) and Bill Avenall as my housemaster and head of year respectively. I remember being very studious at first, really working on past prep to get things finished. It was only as we discovered more things to do and the aforementioned became less of a shadow that I started to drop - and in fact when we got New Peele and OKM did supervised prep in the computer room, I found that much better for working.
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Re: How tired

Post by wurzel » Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:02 pm

onewestguncopse wrote: Finally, do boys actually do the prep/work as hard as they might? Did you find that they dipped a bit academically to start with until they learnt the habit? That is my wife's worry! :wink:
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The only reason i slacked off when i arrived was that i found the 2nd form maths was less than i had to learn for the entrance exams. One example that sticks in my mind (yes i have a sadly retentive memory) is Mr Wright teaching us Ven Diagrams when they had been in the syllabus for the entrance exams - i remember it because we had never done them at primary school so i had to learn them at home before the exam.

For competitive entry as has been stated elsewhere the 2nd form had to have been likely to reach lv5 by the end of primary school - that is the level of attainment the state sector is aiming for by end of yr9.

I used to do an hours maths prep in 15mins but the English took me longer than allocated and as for French......... I think it takes a good term before all the teachers and pupils have worked out each others capacities/strengths etc

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Re: How tired

Post by YadaYada » Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:52 pm

My son has worked really really hard all year but he is an academic and not a sporty type. I have to worry about him working too hard and spending too much time on prep and getting up at silly o'clock to finish it off.

He is tired at Leave Weekends but not to the point of not wanting to communicate. I avoid planning stuff so he can sleep in on Sunday morning.

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Re: How tired

Post by onewestguncopse » Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:48 pm

Lucky you! Harry is earnest but still prefers his PS3 to his academic work! We will see how the cookie crumbles

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Re: How tired

Post by Mrs C. » Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:40 am

onewestguncopse wrote: and how tired were the staff? :oops:
and not just academic staff!!

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Re: How tired

Post by YadaYada » Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:35 pm

"Lucky you! Harry is earnest but still prefers his PS3 to his academic work!"

I meant when he is at school when he doesn't have access to the computer or the television. At home it's a different story!

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Re: How tired

Post by wickedwitch » Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:27 pm

i cant wait until leaving day so i can go to tuck shop and get another quarter of those mishap things. yum yum!
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Re: How tired

Post by Mrs C. » Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:05 am

wickedwitch wrote:i cant wait until leaving day so i can go to tuck shop and get another quarter of those mishap things. yum yum!
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Re: How tired

Post by NEILL THE NOTORIOUS » Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:59 pm

I get the feeling that Prep has become optional ---- ?


"In my day" --- (Oh no, not again !!) ---- missed Prep tended to mean Detention, and, if frequent, became physically Painful !!! :oops:

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Re: How tired

Post by YadaYada » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:07 pm

Talking to my son (current Third Former) I don't get the impression prep is optional at all and sanctions are still in place for not doing it, although no longer of the physical variety.

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Re: How tired

Post by wickedwitch » Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:55 pm

daughter the first has also given me the impression that prep is a very important part of the day.
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Re: How tired

Post by Barnes Mum » Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:05 pm

onewestguncopse wrote: and how tired were the staff? :oops:
Yaaaawwn!!!

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Re: How tired

Post by lonelymom » Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:27 am

NEILL THE NOTORIOUS wrote:I get the feeling that Prep has become optional ---- ?
What gave you that impression, Neill? I've had a quick look but can't find any comment that may have misled you. Prep is definitely not optional, they have it from 7.15pm to 8.15pm every night, and if they have already done their prep or finish before 8.15pm then they have to read quietly.
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Re: How tired

Post by J.R. » Sun Sep 19, 2010 3:17 pm

lonelymom wrote:
NEILL THE NOTORIOUS wrote:I get the feeling that Prep has become optional ---- ?
What gave you that impression, Neill? I've had a quick look but can't find any comment that may have misled you. Prep is definitely not optional, they have it from 7.15pm to 8.15pm every night, and if they have already done their prep or finish before 8.15pm then they have to read quietly.

Not out loud, then ?? :lol:
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