Bye bye, comprehensive

24 05 2008

So ends my last week attending a comprehensive school.  I have been attending one comprehensive or another since I was four, so it feels kind of weird to think that I won’t be going back to one.

It was probably a little over optimistic to expect me to have a media studies related post up this week, since I haven’t been blogging or reading blogs all week.  However, I am planning to write about the PCC soon, so that’s something to look forward to.

In unrelated news, once my exams are over I’ll be done with media for good.  I do have plans for what to do with the blog, though.

In even less related news, Doctor Who will not be shown this Saturday.  Instead we get the Eurovision Song Contest.  I don’t know that I’ll bother to watch, since the musicians are never particularly impressive, and all the votes are political or geographical anyway.  Why we can’t just watch Doctor Who instead is beyond me; it’s a much more entertaining programme.

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24 05 2008
sulz

may i ask, what is a comprehensive school? i find the british school system baffling. public schools are posh schools, right? but here in malaysia public schools means where ordinary students go to, as opposed to private schools where people have to pay.

24 05 2008
B0bbyG

A comprehensive is a state school that anybody can go to, without having to pay or pass a test to get in. So it’s mixed ability, mixed sexes, etc. Technically speaking it only refers to secondary schools (primary schools are just primary schools) but to all intents and purposes most primary schools are in the same mould, so I tend to lump them together. Basically it’s the sort of school most English people go to.

Yeah, public schools are the posh ones. You wouldn’t catch me in one of those! I dunno why they call them public schools; there’s probably some historical reason.

There are also grammar schools. The sixth form, which I’ll be attending next year, is a partnership between two grammar schools: a boys only one and a girls only one. You have to pass a test to get into one of those schools, but I didn’t have to since I joined at sixth form level. The sixth form is sort of separate, since boys and girls are allowed to socialise and attend classes together, and we don’t have to wear uniforms. I think that’s a fairly unusual system though; I don’t think most grammar schools do that.

Er… sorry if that makes it sound even more confusing! I did my best to explain, but it’s quite a complex system.

24 05 2008
Cat

I agree with you. Doctor is so much better plus it starts like three hours later?!

24 05 2008
cjwriter

Good luck with your last week, Bobby. It’s kind of a weird feeling, isn’t it? I remember it felt good to be finishing but I didn’t know what to do with myself for a while. Kind of like purgatory. ;)

And I can’t believed they replaced Doctor Who with Eurovision! That’s ridiculous, couldn’t they just put it on at a different time? I doubt the ratings are going to improve much.

25 05 2008
B0bbyG

@ Cat: Yeah, I’ve no idea what was up with the TV schedule; BBC1 found time to show five and a half hours of golf, a The Weakest Link special, musical talent show I’d Do Anything and the National Lottery draws, but apparently did not find time for Doctor Who! :evil:

Ahem, sorry, rant over. I’m sure you were just as put out as I was.

@ CJ: Thanks, but I’ve already had my last week! I’m sure good luck applied itself retroactively in this instance, though. ;) Yes, it feels very weird. Although there’s no not knowing what to do with myself, since I’ve got exams to study for! I expect I’ll be in limbo later.

I don’t think BBC1 have to worry about ratings, since they’re funded by the licence fee anyway. I think some Europeans would be a bit offended if the BBC treated an SF show as more important than Eurovision (even though it clearly is :) ).




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