My two boys are in a choir which has its first festival outing in two weeks' time.... on a Saturday morning, at the same time as French school. I recently made the decision that the merits of supporting the choir outweighed the normally sacrosanct French classes, and in grand fashion announced to them last night:
"Guess what guys? The Choir Festival is on Saturday morning! So you're going to go there and sing with all your friends - and miss French School!"
(Bear in mind the boys have been asking for some weeks now what if anything would allow them to skip French school.)
Only for their answer to be, loudly and in unison:
"Awwwww, can we go to French school instead?"
French trumps singing every time, it seems!