Scene: The stairwell. Myriads of tiny people in blue and white striped uniforms are returning from the gym, the scene of rehearsals for the Christmas Concert.
Me: (walking past a lively group, lining up at the foot of the stairs) Hello Reception! Have you been rehearsing for your concert?
Child 1: (bouncing from foot to foot with excitement) YES!!!!!!
Me: (continuing archly)And are you all going to be 'WOW' on Friday night?
Child 1/2/3: YES, YES, (giggles and squeals)
Me: Are you all going to be FANTASTIC?????
General Melee of Children: YES! WE'RE GOING TO BE FANTASTIC!!!!!!
Small But Determined Voice from the back of the line: I'm NOT.
Some five year old has been watching too much Monty Python, methinks.