The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Monday, 25 March 1985

First Call to Flash

‘Under Your Thumb’ – Godley and Creme


Rang my Dad. He’s done me a tape.

Rang Flash [My first phone call to him – Ritcherd, 25th March 1994] and chatted about all the things we have in common like Doctor Who, Frankie and Adam and the Ants.


OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 2 years ago:
‘Today we broke up from school and got our reports…

GENERAL COMMENT

NAME
RITCHERD JONES
FORM 24
NO. OF TIMES LATE 4
NO. OF TIMES ABSENT 10

If Ritcherd is to make the most of his abilities, he must embark on a campaign of self-organization. He is a polite and cheerful member of the form.

Mr Foyle
FORM TEACHER

Quite an able boy who is not using his ability to the full.
YEAR HEAD

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

ATTAINMENT C-
EFFORT D+
Much more effort needed, far too much messy unfinished work. Below average for the set.

MATHEMATICS

ATTAINMENT
D+
EFFORT C-
Progress has been very slow – marks only barely enough to keep him in this set. Ritcherd at times seems in a world of his own. I look for big signs of improvement after Easter.

HISTORY
ATTAINMENT C-
EFFORT C
When Ritcherd puts in some effort his work is of a reasonable standard. However much more effort is needed to make sure that work is finished.

METALWORK

ATTAINMENT
C
EFFORT C+
Rather slow but hopeful.

WOODWORK
ATTAINMENT C
EFFORT C
A little more effort needed.

FRENCH
ATTAINMENT B-
EFFORT B
Ritcherd’s spoken French is good. He is a little disorganised with regard to books, however. Most of the time he works steadily and with interest.

P.E.
ATTAINMENT D
EFFORT D
I have been disappointed with the irregularity of Ritcherd’s efforts this year.

POTTERY
ATTAINMENT C+
EFFORT C-
Ritcherd has made only a fair start this term. He must make a greater effort. Homework poor.

ENGLISH

ATTAINMENT A
EFFORT A
Ritcherd has undoubted ability in this subject and has no problems with basic English techniques. His work is skilful and imaginative and very often ‘out of this world’ – literally.

R.E.

ATTAINMENT
C+
EFFORT C-

Although Ritcherd makes a reasonable contribution to lessons his written work often lets him down. He is much too forgetful about handing in his book – he needs a more disciplined attitude to work.

GEOGRAPHY

ATTAINMENT D
EFFORT C

Test work 23%. Set average 28%. A capable lad who can do much better. He must apply himself to his studies in a more positive manner next term.

SCIENCE

ATTAINMENT C
EFFORT C

Ritcherd seemed to get off to rather a shaky start this year, mainly due to his frequently forgetting his exercise book. However, he has settled down and his progress has turned out to be good.

MUSIC

ATTAINMENT B
EFFORT A

Ritcherd works hard and always produces work of good quality.

[Text Copyright: Elton Townend Jones, 2010 / Images subject to control of Copyright Holder / While based on true life events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the 1980s, this blog is a work of fiction. Cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / All video clips used for illustrative purposes and no copyright infringement is intended.]

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