Monday, March 20, 2017

sec cca

The briefing to parents was a serious one. “Do listen carefully. Your child’s choice of CCA in Secondary School is important.”

This was at the start of the year, at Day’s secondary school.

What came across clearly was that it’s not just a matter of having fun. He has to accrue points which would go toward his entry to junior college.

It’s certainly not new. I vaguely recall having to chalk up ECA points back in the late 80s, but it was a straightforward easy path because I was in the national orchestra which gave me a boatload of points, and I never had to consider other options.

It isn’t so straightforward for Day.

Following his experience in Primary school, he headed straight for one of the secondary school’s outstanding CCAs, one in which he’d be pushed to achieve greater things: the prize-winning badminton team.

His attempt was thoroughly disheartening as he was told after about 30 seconds of ‘audition’ play that there was no need for him to continue. Why? I think there were too many great kids who had started playing in primary school, whose parents might have paid for them to take classes before, or who had already won badminton competitions.

At age 12, he was already outclassed, and had lost the chance to try.

Never mind. He next tried for the Outdoor Activities Club, which promises to allow him to expend much of his energy in wholesome outdoor pursuits. Rock-climbing, running, canoeing, camping, stuff like that. He loves those things.

But the result of a ballot-like system in which he listed out his six top choices of CCA (his top three were Outdoor Activities Club, School Band and Chinese Orchestra), was that he was going to be a concert band member.

Day is very much like me in one aspect: He settles for less (than what he desires), and he accepts.

Surrounded by disgruntled classmates howling in protest over their CCA assignations, he said OK. His thought was: Why not? I put it as my second choice, means that I am OK if I don’t get my top choice, and it could be interesting.

It also offers him an advantage when it comes to points, because of the many opportunities to represent the school at performances. He doesn’t have to win anything, just participate.

Which instrument, then?

At a practice session, he was introduced to the band instrumentation, tried out a few things. His order of preference: Clarinet, saxophone, flute. Those were the few instruments he could play, given his braces which make it impossible for him to blast against a brass mouthpiece.

He got his first choice.



Karmeleon said...

Putt, Putt? heheh

Hui Ming said...

my girl is in band and she plays the clarinet since P1. She is now in P3. I think she is looking forward to her first performance!

Hui Ming