The teacher in me couldn’t resist the opportunity. So without further ado here are Mr Theoharis’ end of term reports for the final four:
This pupil has exceeded all expectations this year. He has applied himself to his studies with a commitment and discipline which has seen him rise from the middle ranks of the class and thus set himself the achievable target of finishing the term as star performer. Uruguay has shown exceptional flourishes of flamboyance on sporadic occasions and despite having to overcome a mid-term difficult period, when it seemed that everybody else in the class was willing him to fail, he has shown incredible tenacity which has seen him prevail and stands him in good stead for the examinations to follow.
There is a tendency on Uruguay’s part to adopt more crafty methods in his desire to succeed at this level and while I appreciate that this demonstrates a determined and single-minded mentality, I would advise him to temper such methods in future, if he wants to retain the respect and admiration of the rest of the class. Such actions will not be tolerated and should this occur again, I will have no option but to send him to the headmaster’s office for more serious sanctions to be administered.
Nevertheless, Uruguay’s current progress is to be highly commended and I have thoroughly enjoyed witnessing his transformation from a self-conscious and slightly awkward member of the class to the confident and highly gifted individual that now stands before us. I wish him luck in all his future endeavours. B+
This pupil has had the added difficulty of having to live up to the past achievements of his older, more instinctively creative relatives who have graced this school’s corridors in years past. While not outwardly charismatic, Holland has shown that he is able to stick to his tasks and has shown a great aptitude for teamwork which has shown a maturity that should be applauded. He approaches all tasks with a dogged pragmatism and I have at times seen reminders of why he is related to such an illustrious family.
This was particularly evident when he undertook the task of outmaneuvering and defeating the challenge of a rival school which had enjoyed continued success for a number of years. Whilst his rival resorted to playground tactics, Holland maintained his coolness and achieved a result that should buoy him for the remainder of the term. This should unlock some of the natural confidence which I feel he possesses and consequently see him achieve a grade that many had not anticipated at the beginning of the academic year.
I would suggest that although he has progressed impeccably, Holland should not forget the means by which he has achieved his current success. He must remember that he is his own man and not fall into the trap of trying to match those who came before him. By doing this, he can potentially create his own hallowed history that will rank alongside the accomplishments of his family. A-
Spain has been a constant source of frustration to me this term. While he is in possession of a natural gift, he is prone to both procrastination and showing off in front of the other members of the class. He must learn to be more decisive and focused if he believes that his talents are truly worthy of greatness. Many are the students who demonstrate such wonderful potential in their younger years but fail to capitalise on this in their adulthood. I would like to believe that Spain is not one of these and although he has reached heights that have hitherto not been scaled before, there are still elements of his performance that need to be rectified with immediate effect.
However, Spain has at his disposal a skill that far exceeds those of the rest of the class. Whist not truly convincing me as a whole this year, he has managed to cultivate an ability to produce sporadic moments of brilliance. What I implore him to do, is ensure that this should be executed on a more consistent basis.
I fully appreciate that there have been pupils who have tried to obstruct Spain’s instinctive artfulness this year and this has been frustrating at times. Nevertheless, the issue remains that if he does not attain the grade his abilities suggest he should, he will only have himself to blame. A little more focus, a little less dithering, please. B
What a revelation this pupil has been this year! Where once this Germany approached his work with methodical and some might say dour functionality, he has developed into a highly skilled and entertaining worker and consequently has gained the plaudits from not just the staff, but also from his peers.
One might have questioned his maturity at the beginning of the term but as the school year has progressed he has consistently passed all his exams with flying colours. It is evident, however, that Germany is blossoming into a thoroughly capable student and I expect to see him going onto greater success, if not perhaps this year, then in the years to come.
Germany has looked to helping those around him by setting impeccable examples for how students should conduct themselves around the school. Whilst others have let themselves down due to their own indiscipline and laxness, this pupil has stayed focused and driven and has managed to retain and apply the lessons taught him by his teachers. This attitude may cause envy in others and be subject to arrogance on his part but so far, this has not been the case.
Germany must not allow this report to go to his head. Complacency can easily set in and if he loses his focus, he may ultimately go unrewarded. However, from the evidence thus far this is hardly likely to be the case. An exemplary student. A
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