Your (getting too short) uniform is ironed, your (well worn) bag ready, and your dinky shiny patent black shoes – which you insisted you HAD to have to match your school uniform – are all waiting. Waiting to be worn on your very last day of reception class. How did this happen?! Because now, before me, sits a big confident girl of 5 years old. Raring to go. Excited to see her school friends. Eager and without a care in the world on her last day of reception class!
It feels like just yesterday that you were stood on the doorstep, kitted out in brand new (oversized) uniform. Book bag in hand. A mixture of emotions flashing across your face as we tried to capture a piece of that first day before handing you over into the unknown. Something that was a big deal for all of us.
We needn’t have worried though. School suits you. A lot.
Your first days zooming past in a flash, with you growing more and more confident with every ‘good morning’ sung to your brilliant teacher.
You’ve quite literally had the time of your life over this last school year.
From the early days of your writing coming along.
New projects to get stuck into.
And the famous WOW days. Where you got to dress up as all sorts of different characters and creatures from the topics you were covering in a particular term. *I’m not sure how WOW these days will stay, as by the end of this year the novelty has worn off just a little bit. Let’s see, as your first WOW day in year 1 is coming up in September already ekk!
As you found your feet, you also found your place in class at being blinking brilliant in maths and literacy – we are so so soooo proud of you. We joke all the time that you must have got your maths from daddy and literacy from me. But in truth, anything you completely put your mind to seems to work out just fine.
As the terms rolled on, you wowed everyone with the amount of effort and detail you put into your work. Racking up gold stars, points for your class and so many well done’s from your teachers, who have been thrilled with how quickly you have progressed.
We’ve done so many ‘five alive’s’ (our own version of high fives) to celebrate all your school successes. And you deservedly held your place all year in the top group.
But ( and here’s where I start blubbering), there’s so much more to life than being academic. The thing that has made us the proudest of all is undoubtedly your kindness.
If you read our blog, you will already know that Little Button is a tad special when it comes to being super-kind and aware of others around her. I’ve had to hold back the tears at a number of parents evenings when your favourite teacher in the whole world has proudly told of your advanced emotional intelligence and easy ability to be so very kind to everyone. Even cheering on your pals when they have needed help. You amaze me every day, my kindest, beautiful girl.
With skipping feet, you fly down the road as fast as you can go. *You hate being late for anything.
One final sloppy reception-class kiss from you.
A billion hugs.
And off you go.
On your last day of reception class.
*Look out year 1, because here you come!!
How did you get on, on the last day of school this year?