Thanks for the information Paul. It sounds like there will be plenty of people coming. I'm happy for Mike to come along, or members of Thatcham, but there's little need for others to attend, unless you're offering to give those grading a lift. I'm happy for Darryl to attend.
Regarding the 'unsures':
Students have to decide if they're prepared to come to a grading. If an instructor hasn't seen them for a few weeks or they're not sure if they can make it, for me it's pretty simple. They have to decide if they're going to make it or not. If they are, they should put as much time and spirit into their preparation as they can. Even at this level, the training and grading ethos should be upheld because it lays a precedence necessary to succeed in future gradings - to paraphrase the syllabus:
Understand and agree with the expectations of Aiuchi around safety:
1) being properly mentally and physically prepared before training
Please remember this is also a public forum, accessible by ALL, and thus so are the comments made about your students' attendance or your aspirations for them.