Word of the Week – Star!

This week has been all about Star!

First she received a certificate in school assembly. One of the things I like about the school is that they celebrate the children’s strengths each week and you can see the determination each child has to be rewarded with a certificate. They are given out in five categories which make up the word Reach. Resiliance, Engagement, Ambition, Confidence, Honesty.
Star’s certificate was for Resiliance “in maths and always trying to apply her understanding to problems.”
This is pretty big for Star as Maths is not her strongest subject.

Then she had a hospital appointment for her stomach problems. It was after school and as it was best that just one parent went it was Daddy who took her. We didn’t get any new information from the appointment, just some more medication. It does feel like we are going around in circles with this problem which has been present for more than eight years now!
Then Star got sick! She was up all night moaning about a headache so I figured she must be having a migraine if it was keeping her awake and gave her the appropriate treatment. She had to miss school the next day because she’d not slept…but it was good that she didn’t go in because then came the sickness. Poor child never moved all day except to be sick. She slept on and off and complained of pain in between. She didn’t eat all day so we kept her topped up with water.
She’s still off school but looking a bit brighter now. Hopefully she’ll be fine over the long weekend. Next week it will be back to getting ready for her SATS. Being in year six they are making a big deal about the SATS at the school. I know that Star is a little stressed but she seems to be coping with most of the extra work she’s been given. I’m not sure how she will get on in the actual tests but I’ve already been told that they have made special arrangements for her and a few of the pupils who won’t be taking the tests in the same room as the other children. These children will be subject to the same rules but are given a little longer and breaks if necessary. It’s reassuring. It’s also sad that my child has problems that necessitate this. 
So, I guess this week is all about my star, Star and that her name should be my word of the week.

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The Reading Residence


  1. April 29, 2016 / 9:53 am

    Our school has a similar reward system. I like it, as it does recognize the effort they put in rather than a natural talent for something. My middle daughter is in year 6 too. A lot more stress with SATs this time, than when my eldest went through it. She's coping, but for a fairly laid back child, I can see the difference. Looking forward to when it is all over. #wotw

  2. April 29, 2016 / 10:34 am

    Yes, I'm looking forward to the SATS being over too. Everyone at the school looks stressed.

  3. April 29, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    I love your daughter's name! She is indeed a star and well done to her for receiving that certifcate 🙂 #wotw

  4. April 29, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    Well done to Star, a brilliant achievement. Sorry to hear she's been so poorly, poor thing, I do hope the long weekend allows her to fully recover and that her SATS aren't too stressful for her x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  5. April 29, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Well done Star! She really is one…
    Aww! Bless her…Hospital appointments can be so frustrating when you don't learn anything new.
    I hope she feels better soon!
    Good luck to her in the SATS. xxx

  6. optrixxaris1
    April 30, 2016 / 9:57 am

    Sorry to hear that you're little one has been rather poorly. Great to hear of her achievements at school. #wotw

  7. debsrandomwritings
    April 30, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    Hi Anne, it's excellent that the school acknowledges strengths as you don't have to be the best to be trying the hardest, so it gives all children a fair chance to prove themselves. I also think it's excellent that the school does have special arrangements for children that need them, it may not be what we want for our children, but if they need it it's fantastic that the opportunity is there.


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