If you follow me on social media, you will know that last week was a big week – the girls had their school taster induction week. It was made up of two half day sessions and two full day sessions, ahead of them starting full time in September.
They already do daily afternoon sessions in the nursery which are three hours long so I knew Monday and Tuesday half day sessions would go without a hitch. It was lovely as my husband was here on Monday so it felt less daunting dropping them off in their little uniforms which they insisted on wearing. They loved their sessions and on Tuesday I went for lunch at school with them. Again, they had been to the hall many times before from tiny babies as we often go with Charlie. I always think the dinnerhall can be a daunting place as it’s so loud and chaotic, but they’ve grown up going in to eat with their big brother so they weren’t fazed at all.
On Wednesday we had a meeting with the staff and potential class teachers. We were given lots of information in our prospectus packs which has a photo of Charlie on the front, which made my heart beam a little bit!
Then came Thursday. A full day session including lunch! To say I was nervous is an understatement. Silly things such as them being able to open their lunch, know to ask in time that they need the toilet, navigating the playground. All this was buzzing through my head but as I dropped them off, they didn’t flinch in the slightest and took it all in their stride. I spent the day shopping and buying pointless tat to preoccupy my mind. My husband was back from his meeting in time to collect them and they loved it. We then decide to go out for a meal and they chatted all about the new children they’d met.
Friday was much of the same – excitement and no drama as I dropped them off. They were having school dinners on Friday too which made me nervous as I had visions of my rather clumsy eldest girl dropping everything everywhere! It was a long day (for me not them!) and as they came out, there were two brown envelopes with their names on. I had previously spoken with the teachers about keeping them together as I felt that was best, so was pleased to see not only were they together but also in Charlie’s old reception teachers class. She is a brilliant teacher and know she will bring them on so much.
We walked over to find Charlie who also had found out his class teacher but sadly he was a bit down about it. He had always really wanted a male teacher and in particular this one teacher, who coincidentally taught ME when I was at that school many moons ago. He still is my favourite all time teacher so I too really wanted Charlie to have him. Sadly it wasn’t to be this time but he really likes the lady he will be having but it did take him a while to come round.
Aside from finding out the teachers, I find myself then wondering if they are with all their friends. There’s usually a lot of seeking out friends to see who they are with and luckily both Charlie and the girls will be with all their best friends next year, which really is all they want.
I cannot believe there is just two weeks left of school before the holidays then back to school with me dropping three of them off opposed to one. One thing is for certain, I’m going to need to up my packed lunches game come September!