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That's wonderful Fiz! I'm so delighted.  ❤️

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Thank you all. It’s so good to hear her being enthusiastic about her future instead of worrying about it.

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Getting excited - graduation date announced - 12th July - that's if she passes her finals 😉

 

Taken me 22 years to breed my own vet 😂😊

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A poignant day for me. Five years ago today Zoë received her offer for RVC (she chose Nottingham in the end) but it's also the day my mum died. She would been so proud of Zoë (as she was of all her grandchildren) and excited to follow her progress. I wonder what she'd've made of her playing rugby - she loved watching her dance!

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Getting there..... She's passed all her practical exams/assessments and has permission to sit her finals!!

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18 minutes ago, JulieW said:

Getting there..... She's passed all her practical exams/assessments and has permission to sit her finals!!

Many, many congratulations to your daughter, Julie. x

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Thanks Lisa. I thought she had 2 weeks left on her last placement but this is her last week. Then off for revision. Can't believe it!

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only just caught up with this, well done to your daughter Julie - that graduation day will be here before you know it! Though not too fast I hope as I get my daughter home for a mere 4 weeks between contracts and I want to make the most of every single minute!

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I'm super proud of my elder son today. Yesterday he competed at our local musical festival, entering 3 piano classes. He won two and was second in the other, plus he won another trophy for the highest piano mark. Which was exciting enough as it is, and a huge achievement for him as he is terribly shy. Once he gets playing he is OK, but getting onto the stage and announcing his piece is a huge thing for him, so we are always super proud of him for having a go, no matter what the outcome.

Anyway, we've had a message from his teacher saying that last night at the end of the festival he was awarded another trophy for the best young musician of the festival, and has been chosen as the festival's representative at the regional final. Obviously we're very proud, though a little anxious given the shyness issues. I think these regional finals are a newish thing from the British Federation of Festivals - apparently it includes dance, music and speech and drama. Has anyone been to a regional final before and can fill me in a bit on what it was like?

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Sean, my 21 year old son, starts his third job today. Third time lucky, and all that. The previous two were disasters. The first at Teleperformance, the equipment was really poor quality. He could barely hear what people were saying to him so felt unable to help, and therefore do the job properly. He stuck it out a few weeks but on the second day knew it wasn't for him. He got another job at Friar Tuck's, which is a local fast food place here. Did all the training and enjoyed it. But then noticed the younger ones were getting a lot more shifts than he was. He asked the manager about it but was never really given a satisfactory answer. He thinks or suspects that they mostly employ the 16 and 17 year olds, ( and some are still only 15 working evenings and weekends) so they don't have to pay them much. For his last two weeks there, the phone didn't ring once asking him to go in. Not for the entire fortnight. So, he saw a job at a local supermarket. For any of you who know Ireland , North or South, you will know that a big supermarket chain is Dunnes Stores. Well he was offered a job with the Hill Street branch in Newry. It's only 16 hours a week though, so he isn't going to be earning a huge amount. But he had to sign a contract, he gets sick pay, holiday pay, a pension, etc. So it's all above board and will definitely be working the 16 hours every week, which is something. Still wants to go to University one day. But he will have to find the £4,100 first year of tuition fees himself. He'll need to be putting £50 a week away, every week, for about 19 months to get enough saved up, so he'll have to be really disciplined with himself. If THIS job doesn't work out, then I will start to suspect it's HIM who is the problem , not the work. ( Really hope i'm wrong on that one).

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On 13/05/2018 at 12:09, Pups_mum said:

I'm super proud of my elder son today. Yesterday he competed at our local musical festival, entering 3 piano classes. He won two and was second in the other, plus he won another trophy for the highest piano mark. Which was exciting enough as it is, and a huge achievement for him as he is terribly shy. Once he gets playing he is OK, but getting onto the stage and announcing his piece is a huge thing for him, so we are always super proud of him for having a go, no matter what the outcome.

Anyway, we've had a message from his teacher saying that last night at the end of the festival he was awarded another trophy for the best young musician of the festival, and has been chosen as the festival's representative at the regional final. Obviously we're very proud, though a little anxious given the shyness issues. I think these regional finals are a newish thing from the British Federation of Festivals - apparently it includes dance, music and speech and drama. Has anyone been to a regional final before and can fill me in a bit on what it was like?

What lovely news. Sorry I can't help with any advice but the regional final probably won't feel different to him than the festival, so I hope he enjoys it.

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Good luck to him in his new job Lisa!

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Not an achievement in the conventional sense but my youngest child has made me intensely proud tonight. He told me that he has decided to see his head of year at school tomorrow to report the bullying of a child in his form by some of the other pupils. Without prompting, he then went on to tell me that he was well aware that once the bullies found out he would almost certainly become their next target, but that he wasn't going to let that stop him, because "that's how they get away with it isn't it?" My hayfever started playing up at that point...

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Oh my goodness, Pups. What a fine, decent, principled young man you are raising. No wonder you welled up. I would have too.x

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1 hour ago, Lisa O`Brien said:

Oh my goodness, Pups. What a fine, decent, principled young man you are raising. No wonder you welled up. I would have too.x

Thank you Lisa - I'm very proud of him.

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What an exceptional young man your son is Pups.  No wonder your hay fever appeared!

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If you can find the strength (not easy by any means) to stand up to a bully, you will probably have at least one friend for life, as I found out in my younger days. He's turned out to be a decent bloke to be honest, and even now still apologises from time to time about his bullying all those years ago, and says I was right to let him have one. I wouldn't fancy it now mind, as he's a man mountain.

 

I thought I'd mention this too, I played golf with a young lad, who handicap was 2 at the time, he's now a professional. His elder brother is the present Professional Commonwealth Lightweight boxing champion, and his younger brother is a Professional footballer who plays for Leeds United, not bad for one family.

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I had a bully from school apologise to me on Friends Reunited some years ago. She’s a friend now. Apparently she was jealous of the fact that her mum worked and mine didn’t although she did when we were older. The ironic thing is that I don’t remember her bullying me because there were so many others that did it too. That council estate was hell and it got worse after I went to grammar school and they didn’t. Ah well, I came out the other side.

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Hee hee Fiz that reminds me of thelarge  family next door ( on a 50's council housing estate) who we shared a pathway with and when I went to the "posh" school as they called it drew a line down the centre of the path for us one side and them the other!! It was only half meant though but as there were ten of them and I was an only child I was fascinated with this family! 

I got on very well with some and not so well with others! My mum helped two of the children to learn to read as both parents had alcohol problems and the youngest members of the family were left pretty much to their own devices and caused some havoc in the road we lived on. The older children were different and very respectful....perhaps brought up when the parents had had the energy or inclination to give them some time.....

A sadder fact of that estate though was that some children who passed that wretched 11 plus exam didn't take up their places at Grammar School because they wanted to be with their friends at the secondary school which was much nearer to the village etc.

My parents were much stricter generally though and no chance of me opting out!! Though of course I wanted what they wanted which was to have a good education. My own mum had seen members of her own family not be able to have the advantage of better education (as it was at the time) for reasons of comparative poverty but things were a lot better in the 50's in that respect for most people especially from about  1955 onwards so there was no good reason not to go to grammar school( you had to buy uniforms for both schools anyway) other than a sort of inverse snobbery which some people had and held their children back because of this or just wanted an easy life if their children decided they didn't want to go. 

Life on that estate wasn't that bad though as there were such a mixture of people living there and generally people looked out for each other and of course us kids did have a lot more freedom than they do now. We all knew who the bullies were and tried to avoid them but my dad only seriously intervened once though ( eg went with some animation to see another parent) after a particularly vicious and unprovoked  attack. That boy never touched me again. There was another boy who was a bit of a bully sometimes especially if he suddenly lost his temper but us girls never told on him because his own dad was a horrible vicious brute and so we felt sorry for him a lot and we're all a bit scared of his dad!! 

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6 hours ago, meadowblythe said:

Pups_mum just wondering how youngest pup got on?  Must admit he was in my thoughts this weekend.

Oh that's very kind of you meadowblythe. So far, things seem to be OK. The bullies have been spoken to by the head of year and my son's friend is currently being left alone. He and some other friends are keeping a careful eye on her though as they are not convinced of the sincerity of the bullies' apologies. But so far, so good. Thank you so much for asking.

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