I got the report card of my daughter. The verdict – Above Average. Well, I am happy that she challenged herself to do well this time as compared to the 1st term where her grades were abysmally disappointing! They were not failed marks but I knew in my heart that she could have done even better.
I am quite relieved that she pulled her grades up, except for Arabic which is still the same. I won’t blame her because Arabic is really hard. Her French was still down but I am not sure if she will take this language in Grade 9. Anyway, the prime subjects which are Math, Science, English and Computer Studies are all high marks. She even got 94 in Computer Studies and 91 in English. Math was still not as high as I want it to be like between 85 to 90 but she can improve on this.
Grade 9 will be a mix of basic Accounting, Economics and advance level of Computer subjects. Few collegiate subjects will be introduced until she reaches Grade 13. So, this time she has to really put all her energy into her studies because her primary role is to be a student. I expect nothing less from her this time. I think she can do well and I will certainly make sure that she does.
My husband and I went to our daughter’s school today for the Open House. She attends an international/British school so the curriculum is very different from the Philippines. She has subjects which are not found in the Philippine education’s curriculum. She has Arabic and French. On top of that, their Math subject includes Algebra and bits of Geometry already for Grade 7.
Her grades slipped a bit last term because she slacked in her studies. She got a very marginal grade in Math and Arabic which have high percentage on the whole. So if she does not pull her grades up on those two subjects, she’s doomed to repeat. I was mortified!
So, you can imagine why I am so nervous this time. I actually gave her an ultimatum. If she does not pick her grades up, she’ll be packing her bags and will go back to the Philippines. She does not want that to happen so I think my ultimatum made her pick up from her slack.
The teacher congratulated us for pushing our daughter to strive. She even top the English test! Her Math was okay and Arabic is so-so. I can live with that! If she continues to progress well with her studies, I may lift her “ground” and allow her to have few of the perks my hubby and I revoked for not taking her studies seriously.