They sat in a circle in a private room. Sam initiated the proceedings.
‘When I heard that there was going to be an opportunity to get you all here this morning, I thought it would be a great idea. I was going to have a meeting with the boys anyway before we write our report for the school, but I think with all that is happening now we should also think a little about the bigger picture. So if it’s OK with you, I’d like to just talk about the progress so far and then I think it would be great if we could just talk about the band. Is that OK?’
Everyone nodded yes, so Sam continued.
‘Well as far as we’re concerned, here at Positivity you have been a great success. I know the music thing has been good, but even the work that you’ve been doing in the classroom has been good. We are proud of you. There’s only a month to go now before you leave here, and as I understand it you will be leaving school to pursue your careers in music, so we wish you all the best. When you first came here, the word was that you guys would be really difficult and out of control, but you proved that wrong. It goes without saying that the report that we will be giving to the school on the three of you will be very positive; full of positivity, you could say. So congratulations.’
Skelly, Sam and Marga Man clapped as the boys sat proud in their seats and nodded their heads saying, ‘I told you we could do it,’ without speaking.
‘Do any of you want to say anything?’ asked Sam.
Ray smiled. ‘Just wanna say I’m glad we didn’t stick with Mr David Oak of The Strolling Rollers fame. Bunny has the touch, you know what I’m saying?’
‘I know what you’re saying,’ smiled Sam, lowering her head, and moving swiftly on. ‘OK, in a way it’s none of our business, we wanted to help you get your foot on the musical ladder, but now that you’re on it, everything’s gone crazy. How do you plan to deal with it, and is there anything that we can do to help you?’
‘The boys haven’t done a thing wrong. They have made a brilliant first album that thousands of people have gone out and bought,’ said Skelly. ‘We want them to keep making good music and not get distracted by what’s going on out there, which is why we are now