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  1. I wondered the same about Opes especially as Olivia did all the admin.
  2. Jane

    Oliver’s story

    I’m so sorry read about the tragic early death of your son, Oliver. I’ve signed the petition.
  3. Jane

    Best way to dye/paint pointe shoes black?

    No advice on original question but just chuckling at what I assume is the sudden need for a vocational student to have ‘such and such’ for show next week! Never anything easy to source and forget notice. I don’t think we did a year without a frantic call of ‘Miss X says we need .... for the shows’
  4. Jane

    Any cuckoos out there? ... and other BirdWatch news

    Oops, inclement weather. We never had a spring going from harsh winter weather to very hot, dry days. I alwats think pheasants are dizzy. They stand on the verge waiting for vehicles to approach then dash out into the road, rush backwards and forwards then suddenly remember they can fly so with a lot of fuss take off to land feet away on opposite verge.
  5. Jane

    Any cuckoos out there? ... and other BirdWatch news

    Most of the partridges are breed and released for the season. Those that have naturalised, because they are ground nesters, are at increased risk during incremental weather from predators. Probably explains the low numbers this year. Same with the dizzy pheasants.
  6. Jane

    Vocational schools GCSE results

    Few years since we received GCSE results but option was to phone on day or wait for results to be posted.
  7. Jane

    Departing Parent Envy

    Know your dd’s school got more contracts than the school my dd attended. It paints a grim picture of vocational training and the support or lack of it during the course. Not just pastorally lacking but for those that complete the training not much guidance on finding contracts and even being penalised for taking time out of school to attend company auditions.
  8. Jane

    Departing Parent Envy

    I tried and failed to find a contact at Trinity to escalate concerns regarding the school’s culture. During lower school my dd was one of those choosen to speak to school inspectors, the women she spoke to dismissed her concerns, telling her she was lucky to be at such a nice school. The online questionnaires you receive prior to an inspection visit are pointless as no place for comments either good or bad. Back to the original post - follow your instincts, you know something isn’t right. Too many of us on here were blinkered into thinking ‘next year will be better’ and let the dc carry on.
  9. Jane

    stretching concerns

    What about searching articles by Liza Howell - theballetblog?
  10. Jane

    It's Goodbye from me

    Good luck to your daughter at university and beyond.
  11. Jane

    One last post ....

    Kat09 I’m so sorry to hear that your beautiful, talented daughter has suffered so much over the last few years. She is so strong sharing her story and starting the conversation as all of us that have been in the system unfortunately know her’s isn’t an unique experience. Wishing you both all the best as she finds her new path.
  12. Jane

    Anyone else here a tennis fan?

    Yes Alison it seems tickets are much easier to get hold of in Paris than Wimbledon especially on week days.
  13. Jane

    Anyone else here a tennis fan?

    Have you been to Roland Garros in past? My husband fancies building a holiday around the tournament next year so we can catch some matches.
  14. Jane

    After graduation

    Good luck to her. It’s been an especially hard couple of years for the recent graduates trying to get their first contracts. Dd could have had a number of contracts if she didn’t want any form of pay! Will she be able to use her 4th year of student finance to fund the course?
  15. Jane


    Our cat laid in the shade of the hedge today as a pair of wagtails walked all round the garden. I was ready to scare them off as they got closer to his hiding place but he barely made the effort to even look at them. For some reason he has no interest in birds.