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Posted February 6th, 2010 at 02:40 AM by Misheard Whisper

First off, no, I'm not back. I just need another outlet, sorry. Feel free to totally ignore this blog; it's nothing anyone would want to read about, anyway.

My school is a good school academically. As well as the screwed-up national exams, NCEA, it offers CIE, Cambridge International Examinations, which we can start taking in Year 11, which for me is this year.

To get University Entrance, you need to pass NCEA or CIE with certain requirements. I'm not worried about meeting the NCEA requirements, but Cambridge is different. Just about any dummy can do NCEA. You can pass some NCEA exams with a score of less than 30% if you answer the right questions. It's basically a pushover, which is why I want to pass Cambridge.

Cambridge qualifications are internationally recognised, and even if I don't want to apply to overseas universities, I still want to pass it, because of the added kudos it lends to a university application. The Cambridge exams are held in high esteem here, and are a hell of a lot harder than that NCEA crap.

The nitty-gritty is that, to gain UE with Cambridge, you have to get a certain number of points (you get more points for a higher grade) across at least three subjects. So what did I do? I signed up for Cambridge English, Maths and History, praying that there would be a Cambridge History class this year. Sure enough, I was told that yes, there would be, because there was just enough interest. It would be a small class, about 17 strong, but there would be a class.

All that remained was to make it fit with the timetable. I turned up to school on Thursday, and sure enough, everything fit! I was doing three Cambridge subjects, and I had my first Cambridge History lesson. Whoop whoop!

The next day, though, we got handed out fresh, reshuffled timetables, and were instructed to talk to the curriculum supervisor if there were any problems. And there sure were. My timetable had a big blank block down the middle of it where my History class used to be!

Turned out that they'd suddenly realised that the NCEA History class had 40 students in it, so they needed to split it in two. Because this class was at the same time as my Cambridge History class, and because there are only two History teachers at the school, they cut my class completely so my teacher could take a lower level class (from the same year).

Now, with this I can't gain University Entrance through Cambridge. I'm pissed at this, because now what's the point of working my butt off at a higher level of English and Maths?

The logical solution to me would have been to drop eight or nine students from the NCEA history class and carry on as normal. That way, they would have had to rearrange schedules for eight or nine average students, instead of seventeen students that had been singled out as academically acute, and were likely to gain good results for the school in the Cambridge exams.

So, I'm pissed. And the worst part is, I now have to take a different subject in that slot. And what was available? Basically, Geography, Accounting, Art, PE or Sports Studies. The last three are immediately discounted because I am neither physical nor visual-artsy. I don't really want to do Accounting, because it's too limiting, so I'm stuck with Geo for now.

For now. Mum's as pissed as I am, so we're making appointments with deputy principals and stuff, blah blah blah fuss fuss fuss. Hopefully we can arrange something, but they're not likely to resurrect my History class.

The only bright side - the silver lining, if you will - is this: Geography, if I go through with it, will be my third Cambridge subject. That's all well and good, but I hate Geography. Like, seriously.

What really irks me is that they didn't notice this class of 40 until the first day. Surely they should have known before? I was talking to the Curriculum advisor - I know him, he's my old Science teacher - and he had a list which quite clearly stated how many students each class had. Why couldn't they have checked that before term started?

So I had one History lesson, and then it got taken away. I can't take History at all now. I can't go into the class that replaced mine because I did that level last year, being accelerated and all. I can't do the level above that, because it's a Year 12 class and it doesn't mesh with my schedule. I can't move my other classes around, because I'm taking lots of niche classes that there are only one of at each year level, like Spanish, Drama and Classical Studies.

On top of that, the dumbasses at achool are still giving me shtick over something that happened two years ago and had nothing to do with them in the first place. I tell myself it doesn't get to me, but it does, it really does. It gets me so bad I want to change schools sometimes. And now, even more, with this whole fiasco. If they screw over my timetable now, there's a chance it could well happen again sometime it really counts, like my final year or something.

Should I really change schools? I'm seriously thinking about it. My school can't organise crap to save their damned lives (they tell us about field trips two days before sometimes, and then cancel the day after for some dumbassed reason), I'm still copping flak for that spelling bee ****, and . . . to be perfectly frank, I'm getting to the age where being at an all-boys school is beginning to chafe, if you catch my drift. That last is more of a minor factor, though. :/

So basically, if you approach me in the next few days weeks, expect me to snap at you. Don't take it personally, I'm just pissed as hell.

/end rant

And once again, I disappear. *bow*
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    Forever's Avatar
    Welcome back to PC. Interesting to read.
    Posted February 6th, 2010 at 03:47 AM by Forever Forever is offline
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    Misheard Whisper's Avatar
    Eh, Anica, I said I wasn't back.
    Posted February 6th, 2010 at 05:13 AM by Misheard Whisper Misheard Whisper is offline
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    Forever's Avatar
    Oh, then hello person that isn't here.
    Posted February 6th, 2010 at 05:25 AM by Forever Forever is offline
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    Misheard Whisper's Avatar
    i c wut u did thar
    Posted February 6th, 2010 at 12:37 PM by Misheard Whisper Misheard Whisper is offline
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    Hey. I can't post anything on your profile or send you a personal message. Can you fix this please?
    Posted February 8th, 2010 at 08:48 PM by RivalGator RivalGator is offline
 

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