My two older boys go to "this is a Grammar School, you know - if he can't keep up with all his homework you should be asking yourself whether this is really the right place for him". So, an institution dedicated to Education and Taking Things Seriously for those of an academic turn of mind.
So what have they done?
"A number of students have made representations to me ... we have rearranged the school day as follows..."
On Wednesday they're starting the day ten minutes early, shortening registration, lunch and LAST LESSON by fifteen minutes each, so the
The Primary School my youngest goes to has taken the opposite tack, presumably to cut down on the number of kids roaming unattended round the village, and they're screening the match in school, with a small charge to cover the half-time burgers they're apparently giving out to everyone.
I've worked for bosses (men, obviously) who were utterly scathing about women taking half-days for kids' school plays and the like, but thought it perfectly in order to rearrange important meetings so that the men could leave early to catch a football match. Without taking annual leave, naturally.
Ye Gods. We did actually watch about twenty minutes of England v USA, but having autism issues in the family meant that we simply couldn't cope with the vuvuzelas any longer than that.
I read somewhere that in this country there are actually more people interested in Family History than in football, but I feel it may be a long time before we get the latest from the National Archives on the News every night.