.....and have to work your butt off for final exams at school.
Yes, after 13 years, Thomas is about to finish school - here children start school the year they are 6 (so he was almostt 6) and finish they year they are 19 (which he will be in October) - it really is a long hard slog - for ALL the family. To be honest, in his case, he has done it all - he is one of the few kids I know who has never risked going into the summer holidays with a 'debt' (ie knowing you have to do an exam in up to 3 subjects at the end of August so you can go up to the next class), he is also one of the few who has never had extra tuition to help him through (Leo knows his maths tutor so well he reckons she'll be invited to his wedding) and there was never any question of him failing a year and having to repeat it (very common). He has done it all by himself. And he is ready for a change. He just seems to old to be at school, too old to be a quiet, meek student doing what he is told - in fact he is not meak and he doesn't keep quiet, and that doesn't go down well with some (personally I think the scouts are to 'blame' - in the best possible way - he is used to being part of decision making processes, being able to have an opinion and discuss it and at school in Italy it just ain't like that - 'do as I say' (even if I am being a complete twat). Anyway, it will soon be over - right now he is studying like mad - and looking forward to a mega summer (Germany, Sicily, Canada, Spain - all in 6 weeks) when it is all over.