What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
Jul28

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

I read a fair few book reviews online. Sometimes I think ‘I must remember that book’ and sometimes I do remember. And sometimes I forget almost instantly. When I read a review of What She Knew, I did something I’d never done before. I went straight onto Amazon and bought it while it was fresh in my mind. I actually don’t buy many books on Amazon, I get the majority from bookshops or I borrow them from friends....

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How to organise a Year 6 leavers’ event
Jul27

How to organise a Year 6 leavers’ event

Leaving primary school is a big rite of passage. Most schools will go to a lot of effort to mark this for the kids – with a school residential, a party, a leavers’ play and a leavers’ assembly, for example. But many parents and families want to mark it in their own way and organise their own Year 6 leavers’ event. If done well, these can be really memorable and special, but they need a bit of work. Here’s...

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In praise of Year 8
Jul25

In praise of Year 8

The last few weeks of school, since before May half-term even, were relentless. I had no idea just how full-on it would be to have one child leaving primary school and one child doing his GCSEs, then finishing school early and hanging around at home asking for lifts. There have been so many events and so much driving around, it has been exhausting. I was joking about it to another parent on social media who was going through the exact...

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The final leavers’ assembly
Jul24

The final leavers’ assembly

I’d been feeling emotional for a few days about the end of primary school for my daughter – and the end of 12 years of primary school for myself. But I hadn’t cried. I was saving that for the leavers’ assembly. On Thursday, we had our last walk home from school together (because Friday would be an unusual day) and on Friday our final walk to school together. Then I stayed for the leavers’ assembly. All of...

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Silent Sunday 23.7.17
Jul23

Silent Sunday 23.7.17

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