(freakily, my computer isn't giving me a cursor right now, so this is a little like invisible writing!)
Eldest's tutor, who is actually quite dedicated, occasionally irritating and essentially excellent phoned me today. A tutor here is not what you think, but rather the teacher who is assigned a particular group of kids who they are required to track and make sure that all things are going tickityboo.
We got talking about the upcoming four day-three night field trip her school is going on, which is actually pretty cool, involving a trip to some ruins, a marsh, kayaking and windsurfing.
Eldest does NOT want to go.
After our experiences with the school, I am not at all sure, so she is not going.
Eldest is very sure, she does not want to go.
I ended up talking to the tutor as this trip is somewhat obligatory. The excellent part though? I got to say, straight out, that:
we don't trust the school enough to send her.(Can I just say that it felt GREAT)
I did soften it by saying that I trusted her individually, but we don't know many of the teachers, and this has not been exactly a good year.
The conversation ended up being really pretty cool in the end, and we got talking about some issues that needed airing, and which I thought might not be brought up at all; some of the challenges that Eldest is facing on a number of levels....so it was all good.
Can't believe I got to say that straight out, no minced words.