Allow me to be a proud mum for a moment.
Having finally submitted her last exams, Lauren finished her school year and is officially on holiday.
I have to say, Lauren has really worked at her schooling in a dedicated and determined manner, and while there have been at times frustrations, tantrums and tears (mainly me) she has ploughed through the work and got full marks in every subject.
The maths, science, history, geography and ‘civic education’ were all a doddle – a lot of it she already knew, so after a swift review, she moved on. French language was understandably a challenge, focusing as it did this year on grammar, verb conjugation and ever more esoteric comprehension challenges – so we focused much of our time on that. The rest – sport, music, art etc. she did, but we didn’t put too much effort into, doing just what was required to pass the exams. This year was as much about learning outside the classroom as in it, and I think we have done a good job of balancing the two.
I am of course proud of her for her excellent results, obtained from working in hotel lobbies, the back of a campervan, on a cargo ship, on numerous trains or by the beach. Nonetheless, I am far prouder for the attitude she has shown, when many times she would rather have been doing something else but showed far more discipline than I in getting her head down and focusing on school.
Here’s to a fantastic summer for my girl.