We've decided to do a standard academic year this year; taking holidays when the local schools do. The boys lives are revolving more and more around their extra-curricular interests these days. This means they don't like to miss their weekly classes, which follow the academic year, and that they socialise more with kids who go to school and want to be off when they are. So, we had a half-term for the first time ever. Still a few hobby events, though. A National Youth Recorder Orchestra playing day and a chess congress in Newcastle. There's a drama performance tomorrow, too.