I’ve never heard the words ‘GCSE’ and ‘Options’ so much in my life until that day!
Hey everyone, and welcome to my first proper post on All The Jazz. I decided to it kick off with this one, an account of my evening on 16th February. Enjoy!
Parents evening started out how it always does, my mum and I rushing to leave the house since we weren’t paying attention to the time. I absolutely hate being late to things, mainly because of the attention it gives me.
Luckily we weren’t late, but we couldn’t get into the presentation they were having about GCSE’s to parents, so we had to wait with other late(ish) parents and their kids to go in and watch the presentation after.
Presentation out of the way, it was time for actual parents evening to begin. Most kids dread parents evening, but I never have. I’m one of the ‘she’s a joy to teach, but she’s too quiet and need to put her hand up more’ kids, so I hear the same thing pretty much every parents evening.
Anyway, there were a few highlights to my parents evening.
Everyone wants me to do their subject!
This is kind of a good thing and a bad thing. Good because I don’t have to worry about a teacher refusing to add me to their GCSE class and bad because it’s making it harder for me to choose! The main competing subjects are Religous Studies and Geography. I’m awesome at RE and I enjoy it too, however, I’m pretty good at Geography and even though I don’t enjoy it as much as RE, Geography is deemed more academic by the government. Is anyone doing the new GCSE’s in Geography and RE? If so, please let me know how it’s going!
My Mum met my brother’s double!
This needs a little backstory before I tell you what happened. There’s a boy in my year that looks pretty similar to my brother, I’ll call him W. W really enjoys telling everyone that we’re related and everyone believes him because we do look similar. As my mum and I were waiting to see a teacher she sees W and goes ‘That boy looks just like your brother!’ After we saw that teacher, my mum couldn’t resist going to say hi to W and his mum. They all had a nice little convo while I stood there acting as awkward and shy as possible. When we got home from parents evening my mum told my brother that she saw his double. I explained she saw W and the funny thing is they both had the same answer: ‘I get that a lot’.
My report was pretty awesome.
I mean come on, who isn’t happy when they get a good school report? It was quite relieving that it was so good and that my exam marks were good. I tend to miss more school than the average person, so to get such a good report was a relief! Also, I really enjoy the praise I get from my mum when I do well…who doesn’t?
I also thought I’d tell you guys the GCSE options I’ve got finalized in my head as of right now. The deadline is the 27th February, so I better hurry and decide.
Option block one: 3rd Science.
Option block two: Religious Studies.
Option block three: History.
Option block four: GCSE Music.
In my school, this is how the GCSE’s are laid out/picked. There are a few subjects in each block and you have to pick one. And I didn’t have to choose a language and follow the Ebacc Pathway because I’m horrible at French and I’m barely surviving in Set 3!
I’m sure those subjects are pretty balanced, I got two good academic subjects…surely that’s enough? But there’s still a voice in my head nagging me about Geography!
I’ll keep you guys updated when I finally make a decision I’m happy with.
To end this post, I thought I might as well share with you all my mindset right now when it comes to school.
All this discussion about GCSE’s and exams is making me excited. I know I’m probably gonna look back on this and wonder why in the world I was excited. But right now, I just am.
I can’t wait to start learning my GCSE subjects and start the journey of the end of my secondary school days. My desire to leave my school has been pretty strong for the past week. It’s no secret I hate that place, for many reasons. And the sooner I can leave the better. Knowing me, I’m probably gonna set up a countdown to the day I leave school as soon as I start year 11!
I’m going to stop rambling now, because if I continued I probably wouldn’t have been able to stop and this post would have ended up reaching the 1000 words mark!
Thank you all for reading, I hope you enjoyed getting an insight into the school portion of my life. And if anyone has some GCSE advice for me, I’d love it if you could let me know.
– All The Jazz