We are settling back into home life after our summer holidays, but we have reached a major milestone this week, with Alexandra’s first day of school.
This has been an eagerly awaited day for Alexandra, involving several short visits to school earlier this year and many attempts at wearing her new school uniform around the house.
But yesterday was the big day and she made the most of it.
School uniform was on within seconds of her opening her eyes from sleep, and her big sister was in an extremely supportive mood, which was very sweet.
Anja had the honour of taking Alexandra to school. There were a few tears, but those were from Anja. Alexandra is not lacking much in the way of confidence, so I fully expect her to settle quickly in her new surroundings.
I am not usually prone to writing poetry, but I did just want to share with you a few lines that were given to us by Alexandra’s new teacher, which I thought were a nice touch:
We understand that you are scared, to wave your child goodbye
and leave them in a teacher’s hands, don’t worry if you cry
We’re used to weeping parents, it’s hard to leave we know
But it’s time to share them (just a bit), to help them learn and grow
Let us reassure you, that we’ll give your child our best
We’ll wipe their tears, soothe their fears, and change their dirty vest
If your darling child is full of cold, we’ll blow their nose all day
Just like you, we’ll care for them in a special way
We’ll treat them like we would our own, we’ll catch them from a fall and
If there is any problem, we’ll be sure to tell you all
It’s true they’ll grow to love us, they’ll talk of school a lot
It doesn’t mean they hate you, and that you should lose the plot
We’ll tell you a secret, that when your child is here
They talk to us as much of you, of this please have no fear
You’ll always be their parent, whilst teachers come and go
To them you are their number one, this we truly know
Soon you’ll see some changes, in your little girl or boy
They’ll become more independent, and to see this, it’s a joy
We’ll teach them all we have to give, to share, climb and to write
But to you they safely will return, to tuck them in at night
As a retired teacher I enjoyed reading the poem/letter from Alexandra’s teacher. Your daughter is in for a wonderful year no doubt.
Thank you – I can’t believe our youngest has now just finished her first year in school. Luckily both of my kids love going to school, and in some ways they would probably prefer not to go travelling and just stay where they are. But I am still confident that a year away will be a great way to broaden their horizons. Daniel