And do they drive their teachers to distraction? They certainly know how to wind their parents up. Prelims start in earnest this week and has the pace of work increased? I should really rephrase that. Is any work happening at any noticeable pace? Did Richard Hammond crash his car? At any mention of exams or revision a glazed, panic-stricken expression comes over the older guineapiglet’s face and he dashes off to the safety of a computer game. So we’re starting on an enforceable, non-negotiable, 2 week timetable of crisis management. “You expect me to do all that? You must be joking!” Uh, no, I’m not joking. Meanwhile the younger one is looking on with something akin to evil glee. Your turn soon, we warn him.
Younger sister tells me not to panic but I don’t see why I shouldn’t. Prior to Christmas, he did have a 100% record – 2 exams taken, 2 exams failed. Int 2 maths has become Int 1 (for the whole class – I don’t think he necessarily did much worse than anyone else) and that has taken the pressure off a bit, particularly with a reasonably good mark in the Int 1 exam post-Christmas. And I was getting on so well with my maths before Christmas. It really does make me wonder if we’re asking too much of them to meet the same targets in S3 as they would be set in S4. I’m just becoming slightly nervous that lower marks in his Standard Grades than he should achieve will compromise his subject choice for Highers.
Meanwhile the dishwasher has packed up and there’s a funeral to factor in. Perhaps his much more focused cousins will sort him out while we’re in Somerset. The bathroom has gone on hold for the foreseeable future and there’s a house we’re contemplating trying to buy. Look on the bright side – at least it was the dishwasher and not the washing machine. Maybe I can do a deal; washing up or revision.