Primary school lasts

At the start of this year, I felt I was ready for primary school to be over. My daughter, my youngest child, was in year 6. I was starting y 12th consecutive year as a parent in the school. My daughter is mature and grown up, she’s ready to move on from primary school. And with just one child left in the school (where once I had three kids there and was a governor myself), I feel a bit out of touch. I don’t know a lot of the teachers in the lower part of the school or a lot of the kids and parents. I don’t know the people running the PTA or some of the governors. I was ready to move on.

But now it’s become a reality. The end of primary school is just a few days away. And I’m not ready to move on.

Year 6 has flown by and my daughter has loved it. There was the grammar school test at the very start of the year, followed by the news she’d passed and eventually the news that she’d got into our chosen school. She’s been a prefect and has really enjoyed her responsibilities and helping out the younger children. There were the dreaded SATs, which weren’t dreaded at all, and she actually enjoyed. She enjoyed working in SATs booster groups with children of her own ability and she enjoyed walking to school early with her best friend for a SATs breakfast. There was the school residential, which she loved.

And along the way there’s been a lot of primary school lasts.

There was the last Christmas concert, in December of course. There was a flurry of lasts in February – the last parent’s evening (good), the last dance festival (pretty good) and the last assembly (pretty underwhelming).

There’s been the last school fair, in which year 6s run their own stalls. My daughter and her friends took their stall very seriously and actually made over £100.

There was the last swimming gala in June, then the last athletics tournament against other schools, followed by the last sports day, which was a pretty successful one for my daughter.

As each of these milestones has passed, I’ve taken photos and tried to commit them to memory. My not-so-little-girl working hard and taking things seriously, but enjoying every second. She commits 100% to everything she does for school. I’m so proud of her. And I’m starting to feel a bit emotional about it all.

Strangely, it was when I made my last online payment for school dinners that it hit me. I realised I had to pay less than usual otherwise I would over-pay and she wouldn’t be there to eat any more dinners. That felt very weird and very final.

Over the last few weeks, the kids have been working hard on their leavers’ play, to be presented to parents a week before they finish school. Then on the last day there will be the sob-fest of the leavers’ assembly.

It’s going to be an emotional few days.

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  1. I hear you. I was totally ready for this year to over. Then yesterday i took her to her new school for the day and it all seemed so quick like we hadn’t had enough time to get ready for it. But here we are already. It’s flown by

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    • Yes, exactly that! This year has really flown by and although I’ve known it’s coming, it has all just come too quick!

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  2. It’s funny how it creeps up on you, isn’t it? One of mine leaves primary school this year too and I feel ridiculously emotional about it all. Year 6 just seems to have flown by for her!

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    • There’s so many milestones in year 6 that it really does seem to fly by. Good luck with the last day!

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  3. It’s crazy how it creeps up isn’t it? I am dreading this last year, I think it’ll fly by. Good luck gorgeous girl x

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    • Thanks very much! The last year really does fly by. x

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  4. Oh Sarah. It must be a very strange feeling indeed. Our Year 6s host their leaver’s assembly next week but they gave us a taster in last week’s school wide musical assembly. They wrote and sang their own song to the backing track for an Adele song, although it escapes me which one. It was so good I cried and I’m not even a Year 6 parent! I’m actually tempted to go along to the final assembly on Tuesday. It’s been a busy last year as well for you hasn’t it?!

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    • How lovely to write their own song! Our Year 6s have just done a play (it was a brilliant), with a particularly tear-jerking song about growing up. The leavers’ assembly is on the last day. It’s going to be emotional! At our school, as the school is so big, only the year 6 parents can go to the leavers’ assembly. Probably as well, or I would have cried about other people’s kids every year!

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  5. I cannot believe all the primary lasts are already here. I am sure I first started reading your blog when she was year 1 or 2,, I remember being so so young. Hope the play is a goodun!!

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    • The play was amazing, thank you! She was just about to start Year 1 when I started blogging, so I guess she would have been in Year 1 or Year 2 when you started reading! It’s crazy how quickly that time has passed.

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  6. She’s so diddy in that photo. She’s certainly crammed a lot in and it must be a weird feeling after so many years of being involved with the school. Hope she gets on as well at grammar school

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    • Thanks very much! It’s amazing how much she’s grown. She’s still my little girl and I forget that she actually was tiny once! She’s really thrived at primary school and she’s ready to thrive at grammar school now.

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  7. Oh gosh all the emotion Sarah and look how tiny she was in reception. I can’t believe it is nearly time to say goodbye to primary school after 12 years for you and 11 for us. Pass the tissues for Friday, and yes I am crying after reading your post. I am hoping I will be all cried out for the leavers assembly on Friday. Hugs xx

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    • Sorry to give you your daily tears! It is a long time for us both to have been at the same schools. I’m sure you will find some reserves of tears for the leavers’ assembly! I haven’t cried yet, but I know I will cry then.

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  8. A Sarah I am feeling it too, I cried at the Carol Concert at Christmas knowing it was my last, I am dreading leavers assembly I sobbed at Jacks but this time its 11 years of memories I will also be saying goodbye to x

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    • Oh dear! I wasn’t crying as far back as the carol concert. In fact, I haven’t cried at all yet, even though I do get overcome by emotion every now and then! It’s now only two days until the end. I know I will be a mess at leavers’ assembly. x

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  9. Oh look at that photo!! I don’t know how you are coping with any of it Sarah, I keep getting emotional and we’re only moving up to KS2, god alone knows what I’ll be like in a few years time. Enjoy these last few days, your daughter sounds like a very driven young lady and I can’t wait to see where life will take her at senior school #SchoolDays

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    • Thanks very much! I’m sure she will take it all in her stride and do really well. I try not to think about it all too much, but I haven’t cried yet! It will be a different matter on Friday when she actually leaves.

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  10. It’s so emotional isn’t it? It’s crazy how quickly time whizzes by once you measure your life in school terms. Sounds like they whole of Year 6 have had an exciting and busy year. Hope tomorrow goes well #schooldays

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