Yesterday was my daughter’s last day at her infant school. She has been there for three years, and has been happy there almost all the time.
To mark the end of their time at the school they held a special leaver’s assembly. It was a simple affair. Once all the parents and other children were seated there was a procession of each of the children down the aisle of the church (it is a Church of England school), while their teacher said something about what sort of pupil they were, and what their memories of the child would be. It was very sweet, each child wearing a hand made cardboard mortar board.
I’m very glad to say that the school wasn’t silly enough to use terms like graduating, graduation or graduate. These are seven year old children who are leaving one school and moving on to another. They have come a long way in the time they have been at their current school, but they have a long way to go as well.
The wonderful parts of the whole event were:
- The understandably proud look on each child’s face as the proceeded down the aisle while the teacher sang their praises.
- The multiple photo opportunities for individual children, groups of friends and families.
- The fun ‘throw your hats in the air’ photo opportunity.
- The chance to say hi to the former teachers that the children had had, but who had moved on in the interim.
- A yearbook full of wonderful memories and sweet biographies. The spelling is sometimes hilarious due to the use of phonetics, but the sentiments ranged from sweet, through funny to full of pathos and almost heart breaking sadness.
A new, exciting, and sometimes scary adventure awaits the children who left the school yesterday, but a great deal has been done to prepare each child for a bright future.