About a month or so ago, Alexander who's seen as an AMA (Academically More Able) student was chosen as only 1 of 7 groups to enter the Gifted & Talented/AMA Dragon's Den competition.
Students from across all years from 7 to 11 had to come up with an original idea that would enhance education or something technical.
Alex decided to work with his bud Rhys and he came up with the idea of Holo-boards. A holographic board that could help students learn in class.
For example in Biology - so eliminating the need for physically dissecting 30 dead frogs, students could use the holo-board and a holo-glove and do it instead. In Business Studies, it could be used to 3D show a theme park that students are designing..
The boys had to present their idea in front of the "Dragons" which included the Principal, Assistant Principal, Head of Computing etc. Once their presentation was over, the Dragons quizzed them on their idea - they were hard Dragons!
There were some good ideas put forward but to their total surprise and amazement, they came 2nd!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To say they were thrilled was an understatement.
I was so so proud of Alex as standing infront of the main Senior Leadership team and over 50 parents must of been very daunting, but he and Rhys rose to the challenge and nailed it.
Alexander hasn't been happy at his current Scout group for a while, but after a chance conversation with other leaders in a different group and in a different District he's been a guest at 1st Rayleigh, Crouch Valley District for the last few weeks.
They are brilliant, have a great leadership team, are soooo enthusiastic and full on as today he had the opportunity to go scuba diving with them. Alex already scuba dives with Aquapigs and is actually only 2 dives away from his PADI Master Seal certification. This morning however he was diving in a deep water tank and had a fabby time diving with the other scouts he's already made friends with.
So much so that Mark, his new leader invested him into 1st Rayleigh at the bottom of the tank!!!!!
So, I'm yet again another year older.. 44 last week... It didn't really hit me until I was talking with a friend about our kids and I realised I would have TWO beasties in Secondary school come September.. now that made me feel old.. and a little sad..
Still despite getting a call from Blenheim to go and pick Nicholas up as he wasn't feeling well, I still managed to get my high tea in with Mum at Patisserie Valerie in the afternoon, before getting a call from Eastwood to go and pick Alex up as he wasn't feel well either!
I was however thoroughly spoilt and felt the love all day.
So on Friday, Cassandra came out of school rather happy as she'd been awarded Superstar for her class for all her extra maths work she's recently been doing. She's doing brilliantly on her times tables and is one of the top in her class :)
I'm married to a wonderful guy called Lee and we have two gorgeous boys - Alexander & Nicholas and a beautiful daughter Cassandra. I run my own secretarial business, I've just completed a degree - BSc in Criminology and Psychological Studies and I'm also a very proud Beaver Scouts Assistant Leader. I like to keep busy and one of my favourite hobbies is scrapbooking..