The leavers’ hoodie tradition
Mar06

The leavers’ hoodie tradition

We’re now into the second half of the school year and GCSEs and A Levels are getting ever closer. I can’t believe that my own son will actually be leaving school for good soon. Although it does seem a long time since he started, the 14 years from tiny boy to very nearly adult have gone pretty quickly. When he leaves school, I really hope he will actually get his leavers’ hoodie this time. In fact, I will pay for his...

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Good with little children
Aug16

Good with little children

For my daughter, there were many highlights of Year 6 – from the school residential to the leavers’ play right through to receiving a trophy at the leavers’ assembly. But one of the biggest highlights had to be being a prefect and spending time with the very smallest children in school. It turns out my daughter is very good with little children. Every prefect had responsibility for a class to help them line up...

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Project 365 2017 Weeks 29 & 30
Jul29

Project 365 2017 Weeks 29 & 30

It’s been a busy couple of weeks – my daughter’s last week at primary school, the start of the school holidays and an awful lot of packing and unpacking. Here’s our fortnight in pictures… Day 197 – Sunday 16th July – my family returned from their camping trip. I’d really missed them. The house feels too big and quiet without them. I’d done a lot of cleaning and tidying while they...

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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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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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