Our school celebrates both academic and sporting success. Children who do well at athletics and swimming get to represent the school at regional and national competitions; children who do well at maths and English are invited to participate in national and international competitions.
Pearl took part in three of these: two for mathematics and one for reading comprehension. She did us proud in all three. Of course, we were proud just to have her selected to participate!
Yesterday Pearl and the other scholars were presented with their certificates at a senior-school assembly. I was struck by the genuinely joyous celebrations of their peers. Some children got certificates for “participation” or “merit” and were soundly applauded. But those who received “distinction” or even “high distinction” were clapped and cheered and the crowd went wild. The pleased blushes of the kids standing up the front were matched by the proud grins of their parents sitting at the back.
I hope these kids will continue to celebrate and recognise academic and scientific success. They’re being trained well.
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