Settling in: Loud ‘n’ Proud

It’s been two weeks now since my son started grammar school, the school we’ve wanted him to go to since he was a toddler. It’s nearly a year since we heard he’d passed the all-important test and it felt like we’d waited forever for the big day.

So how is it going?

He was very excited to start, and I think that was half the battle. It was a huge step for him, as he was the only child going from his school. But the other kids were in the same position. They all needed to make new friends and they were all excited to be there.

He woke up on his first morning buzzing. He came home still buzzing.

He told us so much about school – the lessons, finding his way round, the lunch (readers of my previous post will be interested to know that we’ve opted for a cooked main meal with a snack from home at break time), the teachers and, importantly, the friends.

Two weeks on (is it really only two weeks – it seems like much longer) and he is still buzzing. He’s going to bed well, getting up well and taking it all in his stride. The school’s expectations of students are high, but he gets home and does his homework without complaining.

He has started his guitar lessons and is working towards his first performance. He has auditioned for the school play, been to after school rugby training and will be starting guitar group in a few weeks.

He talks about what he’s achieved at school – and in a school of exceptionally high achievers it’s hard to stand out – but it sounds like he’s standing out in PE. He was the only child to reach the top of particularly tricky climbing wall and the only child to opt to do a bridge in gymnastics rather than opt for an easy way out.

He is consistently talking about the same kids from his class – he is definitely making friends and was already messaging one of them just a week after starting school.

His first couple of weeks have gone brilliantly and I couldn’t be happier or more proud.

He isn’t just settling in. He is throwing himself in.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Glad it’s going so well. It’s always a worry about how it will go. Sounds like he’s really making the most of the opportunities there.

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    • Thanks very much, he really is! He’s loving it.

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  2. So glad he is not only settled in well but still shining. Did he have a settling in trip?

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    • Thanks very much. No, they just had one day off the timetable to do activities in school.

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  3. Glad to hear it’s all going very well. Long may it continue. So children can actually come home and tell you about their school day??? Very reassuring read as it happens. Our eldest went to a primary with none of her nursery friends (accident) but if she goes to the secondary school we want, she’d likely be going with no or very few friends from primary school (design).

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    • Thanks very much. It’s not easy sending them without their friends, but if it’s the best thing for them it’s worth doing! My eldest has never talked about school, so it’s lovely to hear someone chatting about it so much.

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  4. Wow! It sounds like he’s absolutely loving it. It must be a huge relief. X

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    • Thank you, he really is! 🙂

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  5. Wonderful news Sarah, so glad that your son is not just settling in to his new school, but throwing himself in and really enjoying it. Well done to him too on getting to the top of the climbing wall and doing a bridge in gymnastics 🙂

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    • Thank you! He’s doing so well, I’m so proud of him 🙂

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  6. Ahh that’s brilliant news and what a relief. It’s so hard to make those decisions that revolve around whether to send them to schools their friends go to but it sounds like this was definitely the perfect thing for him. Long may it continue 🙂

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    • Thanks very much. It was definitely the right decision for him! He is so happy there 🙂

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    • Thanks very much, I’m so pleased 🙂 x

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  7. That’s brilliant, what a little star. He is very lucky to live near to a grammar school, it sounds like it suits him down to the ground.x

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    • Thank you! He really is lucky (although there are people at his school who travel 50 miles just to be there!).

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  8. Aw I’m so glad he has settled in, it must be a huge relief after the end of the summer term and it shows that you have made the right decision.

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    • Thanks very much, it’s a massive relief! I thought it would work out. He’s so happy with the school and the friends he’s made.

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  9. I am so pleased that he is settling in so well. I know I would have been really worried as well but it sounds like he is doing just brilliantly.

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    • Thanks very much! He really is thriving there 🙂

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  10. Sounds like he is loving his new school and how great that he is actually talking to you about his day rather than the normal grunt us parents get. It must be such a relief for you knowing he is settling in and enjoying himself x

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    • Thanks very much, it really is! It’s a real novelty to have someone telling me about their day. Long may it continue! x

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  11. Sounds as though he’s settling in brilliantly Sarah! So good to hear. I can imagine it must seem like forever – so exhausting coping with all the newness isn’t it? A lovely read 🙂 Sorry I never actually got round to linking up my post – so busy last week!

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