I was looking through my blog and came across a post I wrote around this time last year. In fact it was one of the few posts I wrote last year. Last year was a very stressful year for me, busy at work with lots of changes, stress with my sister and at home and lots of financial issues (I know, I know most people seem to have them at the moment.) Anyway, what I also noticed or should I say remembered whilst reading this post was what a bad time Brenda had last year. She just didn't click with her teacher and was bullied continuously by one of the boys in her class. Her marks dropped considerably and she just seemed miserable. I did address it with the teacher but it never seemed to do much good.
Anyway, what hit me when I read that post was actually how much better this year is, I had never really noticed it yet. I guess when you are bogged down in the daily grind you don't always realise how things are changing. I think I have been so busy deciding what school to send her to that I haven't had a chance to really notice too much else.
Brenda got the one teacher that she didnt want, but the amazing thing is that she doesnt actually complain about him any more and even tells us the funny things that happen in the classroom. She has more friends and varied friends this year, and definitely her social life has moved up a notch, although it may be the age too. But the best part was her first term report which we got last Friday. Although some subjects have remained low, especially Afrikaans and Zulu, everythign has improved at least slightly. Excepting for Afrikaans and Zulu, she is above the grade average. She came 9th in class which is a huge jump. After coming within the first 3 in 2009 in 2010 she was between 20 & 24! But the best part is that the subjects which she is good at i.e. Arts & Culture, Life Orientation, Economics and Technology have now become mark subjects and so are included in her average, which has brought her average up considerably. And to top it all, today we got the letter saying she was accepted into the school I want her to go to next year!
All in all, it is a much better year so far, lets hope it stays that way.