Last weekend started a little bit snowy. I had mixed feelings: H is desperate for some snow play after a few years of barely any, but his cousins were driving down from Scotland to visit, so a blizzard wouldn’t have been helpful. This was as deep as it got really, which was a bit of a waste of time. At least my sister and the children were able to get here safely and H loved being reunited with his cousins. He gets on so well with them especially G who is very close in age to him and they have a lot in common.
Sunday involved a family meal out at the pub and lots of Pokemon playing. H has been keen to get a DS for a while now, even before the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon, as he wanted to play Pokemon games. He decided to splash out with his pocket-money and bought a DS2 plus the game. His cousin has already got one of the games so they were able to compare and do battle.
In many ways the highlight of the year for H was Thursday evening. His school has been working towards this concert from September. Every other week the music teacher from the secondary school has been coming out to rehearse the children. There has been more practice at school when he isn’t there. H has loved it: the songs they choose, the teaching (the music teacher is very dynamic and the children really enjoyed their time with him) and the idea of getting out of lessons for a bit. The concert was a Birmingham Town Hall, which is a music/theatre venue and quite different to the Council House which is where the political stuff goes on. The Town Hall is a stunning grade 1 neo-classical building from the 1830s and it has hosted classical music premieres from Mendelsohn and Elgar, as well as pop and rock legends like The Beatles and The Stones. It is a wonderful experience for a 9-year-old to perform on such a stage and I think it’s something H will remember forever. The standard was very high, especially when you consider that all the children at the primary schools take part (there’s no selection). If H ends up at this secondary the kids he was on stage with will be his year mates. It was lovely to see the children from other local schools on stage too, some of which we know, and I had a soft spot for those representing my old school. H’s school sang Footloose and then various songs with the other schools including the dreaded ‘Nine to Five’ which I would happily never hear again. They were really very polished and I feel quite sad that it’s over, although he could volunteer to take part again if he ends up at the secondary school.
Friday was the last day of the half term and I think H will need a bit of a break. We let off a little steam after school when we went bowling with some friends (review to follow). It was a great end to the week and we had a lot of fun.