FWIW, I am also a bit surprised the route your daughter has evolved on. Given your background and another child outside of the local system, I am sure the expectations at home are only so much. I guess it's the constant echo chamber the kids are in with regards to school and future wants.malcontent wrote: ↑Mon, 01 Aug 2022 10:29 amBack in HS, I had a totally different mindset. I did not care what I scored, and that was reflected in my results. I dropped out of the academic stream and took the vocational stream… mainly because my last two years of HS would be half days; for the morning half they would bus us over to a vocational school and there was zero study there, all hands on. While I did take the ACT with the rest of my HS class, my results were not stellar. The question I have to ask myself, did any of this have an long-term effect on my outcome? I have to say honestly, no. When I got into community college, I quickly caught up and by my final year of university I was making the dean’s list. I credit that not to hard work, but taking a full roster of classes that I was actually interested in. Yes, I may be the exception to the rule, but I always knew I had it in me… whether I worked hard or not, it was going to happen. This is why I always say, the cream rises to the top, some bits a little slower than others, but the destination is the same. And while I’m not top brass, I’ve certainly done better than the vast majority of my HS class, despite doing far worse that them back in those days. I have no regrets and wouldn’t change a thing.
Many of the kids that I've seen best avoid it (in secondary/JC) started in the neighborhood schools (or at least non-famous schools). They just weren't pressured from day 1, and school was something they did, not something that defined them. I've also seen kids from the more popular primary schools do it but it really comes down to how the parents conditioned them in primary school.
I would think St Margaret's is somewhere in the middle. Attracted a certain type of girls but hardly the pressure cooker type.
Also, if I am doing the math right she must have registered there the last year before they changed the priority/ballot mechanism for non-SC? Or your wife went there and she entered via 2A rights (I guess also could be 2B via church).
Anyways, like I said elsewhere I'm sure she will do well in the years ahead.