We have been saved however by Little Miss Star who has by far the most exciting news of the week. She was in Achievers Assembly and this being her 10th Achievers certificate she was to get her Gold card - Halleluiah!
Now the kids at school love the whole achievers thing but parents (and me in particular) are more than a little unconvinced by the whole shennanigans. Many kids seem to be put in achievers for pretty spurious reasons like sitting nicely on the carpet or doing some good gluing (I realise not all kids can be academic but when the majority get it for such things what message does it send my quiet but industrious, slightly above average but not super wonderful daughter and others like her - eventually they may give up trying).
I don't know the answer but as a reward system it has major failings - some of the louder kids definitely get more awards and it really does not seem fair. I have been campaigning for house points - they could be adapted so the achievers certificates still happened and as long as house points were given for effort and good behaviour as well as good work then I cannot see why our school should not reintroduce them. They have worked for years and years in schools and if they are good enough for Hogwarts - well - 'nuff said! (Some wishy washy thoughts on being non-competetive is probably to blame but lets face it life is competetive and kids should just get used to it.) Oh and I am very proud of Little Miss Star despite my misgivings about the system.
Right rant over and the pic was a collage in the end - and if you want rain soaked pictures see Silent Sunday! The rain pics are probably better photos but Project 52 is about what is important to us not so much a brilliant photo!
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