Today is the start of their 10 week long elective course. They chose the subject themself. From a catalogue that would make your mouth water... How about "Masterbaker", "Pastrychef", "Cooking for Lads" or "Food from when Granny was a Kid". Or perhaps you're the creative type? "Songwriting", "Animation" or "Architecture and Design". There is even "Hacker School"! Useful if you want to go and work with the CIA or MI5, perhaps? 8) There are plenty sports to choose from, like "American Football" and "Basketball". Or perhaps you prefer the great outdoors and want to try "Parkour", "Geocaching" or "Birdwatching"? "Training for a Triathlon"? "Learn to Sail"? Maybe "Mindfulness" or "Psychology" are more your cup of tea? Yep, anything and everything is possible. Even "Bridge for Beginners"...um, hold on, isn't that only played in Agatha Christie novels?!
The top favourites (where they had to add extra classes) are "Baking and Pastry", "Masterbaker", "English, for those who want more", "Spanish", "Photography", "Futsal" (a type of indoor football) and "Psychology". So what did my DS14 (Dear Son, aged 14) choose? Chess. He's hoping to learn enough to finally beat his Dad! ;) My DDH (Dear Danish Husband) was a chess champ (and Bent Larsen fan) when he was just a nipper...
And the most surprising thing of the lot? The kids are mixed up regardless of age and the elective classes are not necessarily taught at your own school. So most kids will be out cycling, on their own, to a different school in the local area. Which could be anything from 1 to 7 kilometres. Isn't that great? A real change of scene and air! :P
My DS14 will have a bike ride of about 15 minutes. Which just happens to pass by our favourite pølsevogn (sausage stand). Hmmm, maybe I can meet my son for lunch next Wednesday? :)