Date: 17 Sep 2017 9:44 pm Title: Chapter 1 Nicola
I think this has been the best so far of all of your stories. Many thanks. Sorry I haven't commented recently but I've had very limited internet access.
Are we going to hear more about Phil and her escape (fingers crossed) next?
Date: 16 Sep 2017 7:55 pm Title: Chapter 38 Nicola Parker has the final word.
So the Chalet School has Done It Again and reformed an awkward character! Do hope being back with her father won't tip her back into her old ways
Enjoyed this very much, look forward to next instalment of this saga. Please"rescue" Phil!
Date: 16 Sep 2017 6:46 pm Title: Chapter 38 Nicola Parker has the final word.
I hope Nick's uncle is there to support her and her mother as they turn their lives around. He recognised that Nicola was abused as a child, and I am sure he will see the changes in her. In some ways I hope Nicola can stay at the Chalet School, if her mother wants to leave her husband then she might need to move away from him. Good that Nicola saw the need and had the courage to apologise to Marya in front of other pupils.
Thank you for this Drabble I hope we do not have to wait too long for the next instalment.
Date: 16 Sep 2017 3:32 pm Title: Chapter 38 Nicola Parker has the final word.
So... the worm has turned - at least for now. I'm glad that Nicola feels she has learned so much from her colleagues, and is going home with an entirely new outlook on life. I just hope she can maintain this in face of her father's inevitable anger at the change in her, and help her mother move on, too, if that is what the latter really wants to do. I'm very glad too, that she complimented Marya on her essay, and, even more importantly, apologised to the child for her treatment of her at the beginning ot term - that took some doing. Even if Marya and the others don't understand the full significance of it, I'm sure they will all appreciate it once they get over the surprise of it happening.
Thank you, Myth Tree. I'll look forward to the next instalments of this - am really, really hoping that Phyl is finally able to make use of the tickets Cecily left with her in the summer!
Date: 15 Sep 2017 7:52 pm Title: Chapter 37 After
Well done Marya, even though you were nervous you got back to your seat and with the others help quickly recovered. Joy's decision to attend her athletics club events show she has learnt something about making friends outside an enclosed group. The new dormitory arrangements for the coming term should throw up some interesting challenges until they can reform Miggy, who should benift from loosing Maddy and Morag.
Date: 15 Sep 2017 4:02 pm Title: Chapter 37 After
Clearly everyone, adults and her classmates alike, are proud that Marya triumphed over her nerves. I love all the little exchanges between parents and children as plans for the weekend are discussed. It's good for Joy to make the decision to take part in her club activities rather than staying at school - firstly it's a different social group for hsr, but more importantly, she is finally starting to recognise that she can't cling to Anna all the time - much better for both of them. Loved the way Georgie brought her titled parents into play with Miranda's mother - but good that it had the desired result and Miranda can stay for the weekend! Nice of Matron Gomme to consult the group about sleeping arrangements for the next term now that Morag and Maddie would be day girls again. I can foresee that Marya's decision that they should all be in the larger dormitory may lead to some squalls at first, but she's right that she and the others may be able to exert a positive influence on Miggie. Meantime, they all have an excellent weekend to look forward to.
Date: 14 Sep 2017 6:30 pm Title: Chapter 36 Wishes
Well done, Marya! She is so brave.
Wonder what Nicola's reaction to hearing this will be? She's someone who probably dosn't feel loved, though she won't really have registered the lack the way her father has acted towards her. This could be a significant part of her character change.
Date: 14 Sep 2017 2:44 pm Title: Chapter 36 Wishes
That is so true! Thank you for this piece of writing - so heartwarming, and yet so heart breaking at the same time, when you think about all the people who don't share love at Christmas (or any time of the year)
Date: 13 Sep 2017 11:35 pm Title: Chapter 36 Wishes
How appropriate and caring Marya's final wish is. It really fits Marya and her wishes for herself early in the essay show how much she wants to be well again, yet she says that would be selfish and Christmas should be about giving to others. So many adults do not recognise it, out of the months of babes is certainly true here.
Date: 13 Sep 2017 10:24 pm Title: Chapter 36 Wishes
I'm so glad Marya did overcome her nervousness and read her entire story herself. Those who know her best will know just how much will power she had to exert to do that, and I love her friends' and teachers' diversionary tactics during the course of the morning. It's a beautiful essay, so simple yet so sincere, especially the last paragraph - I wonder how many of the adults in the audience, at least, were reaching for their handkerchieves by the time she finished. Talk about "out of the mouths of babes..."
Date: 11 Sep 2017 11:34 pm Title: Chapter 35 Wants
Good to see the whole class working and Joy especially, so she can be on the netball team, but also learning to work and share with a group of friends.. well done Mary in writing so well, I am sure, like Megan Drew that she will rise to the occasion if she can see people she knows like her parents in the front row.. I suspect she would not like Anna to read it for her either and that will spear her on.
Date: 11 Sep 2017 4:06 pm Title: Chapter 35 Wants
Good for Marya! Look forward to hearing what she has written, and that she will read it herself. Wonder if Anna has told Cecily and John that she's the backup? Maybe a compromise would be both of them together, reading alternate paragraphs or something?
Date: 11 Sep 2017 3:21 pm Title: Chapter 35 Wants
Wow! So much improvement since Mrs. Griffin became form mistress; nice to see the increased competition for the top three places in class, as well as the improvements in Joy's work and attitudes which are now reaping their own reward. I love Mrs. Griffin's responses to the girls' pieces, even though she only selected four for further consideration. I agree with Megan Drew that Marya will rise to the occasion on the day, especially if her parents are in clear sight when it's time for her to read her piece.
Date: 09 Sep 2017 9:07 pm Title: Chapter 34 Outcome!
What a pity they knocked the stool over! I was looking forward to seeing Miss Parkers reaction when she came to teach them maths. Miss Edwards and Matron's response was very appropriate, I am sure the staff room found something to laugh at.
Date: 09 Sep 2017 5:25 pm Title: Chapter 34 Outcome!
So all aspects of the hair-dyeing session went well, and the trio might have got away with it, had Liberty not knocked over that stool! Glad the weekly boarders were quick to own up to their share of the mischief, also glad that Mrs. Griffin was their form mistress, heaven only knows what Nicola Parker might have made of the situation! Think all the punishments fitted the crimes, though I do feel sorry for the Copeland twins - their hair must have felt like straw after two rounds of dyeing. But thank goodness Dolly Edwards has a sense of humour and could see the rationale behind the episode, too.