Kids talk

13th January 2012 at 00:00
Siblings Gregor, P6, Orla, S1, and Callum, S5, talk to Julia Belgutay about sharing a school with your brothers and sisters

Orla: There is a boy in school who picks on my twin brother Ewan. Callum went up to talk to him, and then ran after him. He was like: "Stop picking on my brother!" That was quite funny.

Callum: She omitted a few things there, but I don't think it's safe to say what I actually said. He is my little brother, and he is completely defenceless. I mean, if you saw him, he is so weak, he couldn't stand up for himself.

(Ewan was unable to defend himself from the ribbing he took from his siblings, as he was at a friend's house.)

Callum: Orla doesn't really need me to stand up for her, she's a lot bigger than Ewan, and she dealt with that boy in her own way.

Orla: Callum's friend stuck up for me today. I know most of them.

Callum: When they first came to the school, I couldn't really be bothered. The first thing I said to them was you really have to look after yourselves, 'cos you can't just expect me to do it. I had to stand up for myself. I'm a bit like Orla in the sense that I was much bigger, so I didn't get into any bother with anyone.

Orla: A lot of teachers don't even know we're related. They know Ewan is related, but they don't have a clue that I'm related to Callum.

Gregor: Sometimes teachers that your brothers and sister had hate you.

Callum: I was in P7 when Gregor started, and then I left when he was in Primary 2. For the entire year I was always told how badly he behaved and the things he said to people in my class. I didn't understand, because the other two were fine; it was only him.

Orla: He came up to me lots of times and everyone was like "oh, he is so cute", and I'm like "no, he's not".

Callum: By the time Gregor comes up (to secondary), they will all know he's related to me. But I'm not worried they will cramp my style - it's impossible. It's true. But I'm proud my little brother tries to copy me. He's got great taste - what can I say?

Orla: Back in primary school, this girl grassed me up once, and the teacher gave me a page of words to write. Callum was like "you need to write these lines beautifully, 'cos she'll respect you", or something like that.

Callum: No, what I said was you need to do it properly or you'll get an even harder time, 'cos she'll just make you do it again, because I knew exactly what she was like.

Orla: I sometimes listen to his advice. It depends.

Gregor: When I go to their school, I'm going to annoy Orla and Ewan because they annoyed me a lot.

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