Friday, 20 July 2012

End-of-year emotion

By Betty, aged 5
There was end-of-term merriment and happiness at the school gate this morning.  The sun was shining and there was a definite buzz in the air.  But there was also a little bit of sadness.

As I walked Betty up to her classroom, it dawned on me that this would be very last time we would be making this walk together.  The walk up to her little Reception classroom, a little haven, tucked away at the back of the school.

Betty has been at school one whole year, and today we are saying goodbye to Reception, and Betty's amazing teacher.  A teacher I credit with single-handedly teaching Betty how to read and write, and making her feel completely secure and happy in her first year at school.

In the last year, Betty has flourished, and grown and changed as a person.

She now says 'awesome' in response to everything; she has set her sights on the boy she is going to marry; she comes home singing a new song she has learnt almost daily; she is obsessed with the Olympics; she has made many good friends; she has learnt to skip with a rope; her favourite game is 'horses'; she draws around twenty identical pictures of a rainbow each day; and she has two new 'grown-up' teeth.

Betty is very much looking forward to the summer holidays, but also to starting Year 1 in September...


sadie c said...

oh don't, felt the very same this morning.

My little flower will be in Year 2 in September. I'm not ready for that at all. I liked her being in Year 1.

Betty and my rotter sound so similar. In the past year she has blossomed into a happy and confident girl. She loves reading and writing,and drives me mad with her non stop counting! Proud, but sometimes .. arrh!!!

She told me she had a kiss with 'Danny my boyfriend' the other day. I love that she told me, but I wanted to cry. Too young for romance! She's got 6 'boyfriends' apparently, but she thinks Danny is the one she'll marry (not if I have anything to do with it).

She too has 2 grown up teeth, and every day I get a million drawings that read 'to mummy, I love you, love from ..' The drawings are full of happy smiley faces, which I think bodes well.

And yes, it's all down to a good teacher. Her teacher in reception was rubbish (in my opinion, and I still have my list of grieviences, complete with times and dates), and had she stayed with her for Year 1 I've no doubt that she woudldn't have done so well.
I'm sad that she has to move on from a brilliant teacher, and the fact that I've been able to go in on a Tuesday morning to help with handwriting, and been on two school trips. I think I've enjoyed it as much as the girl!

So while all the kids are bubbling over with happiness, I feel a bit gloomy, and I'm sure some of the other mums feel the same.

That said, 6 weeks with my rascal stretch ahead, and I can't wait! I love having her home, and we've been plotting lots of fun things to do.

So wheel on the hols!


Expat mum said...

My little girl (now taller than me) is going into her second year at college soon. Gulp. And the "baby" is now 9! Time flies!

The mum of all trades said...

I am a complete mess on the last day of school. I hate the thought of them getting older. I teach as well and although I love to finish for the holidays, I always feel really sad to see a class move on.

Claire Challenor said...

I still remember the first time I took each of my two to school- enough emotions then for a life time! Empathising mother, right here!

Beccers said...

Aw, how lovely that she's had such a great time. She sounds like such a little sweetheart!


Emma @mummymummymum said...

This year has just flown by for us, I can't believe Yr 1 is so close. :-(

Anonymous said...

As a teacher can i just say how nice it is to see a parent who not only appreciates her child's teacher but is prepared to be vocal about it! I sometimes wonder if its a taboo to say your child's teacher did their job well.