The Residential, The Birthday and School

The Residential

Boo went on her residential trip on Friday and was away for two nights coming back Sunday afternoon. It was her first time away from home alone and she got a little nervous but was also excited. I stayed calm on Friday morning and tried not to make a fuss as I waved her goodbye. She had a fabulous time and came home full of fun tales of everything she got up to. Then when I asked her to get ready for her shower on Sunday evening I noticed her legs were full of bruises. You could barely see her skin! She didn’t complain about them and I know she bruises easily. I guess it proved to me that I made the right decision about Star not going last year, with her joints popping out all the time heaven knows what damage she would have endured.

The Birthday

Eldest daughter’s birthday on Saturday went really well. We all enjoyed our meal out and walking around town. We split up for the meals and then into different groups for the shopping. It sounds strange but it worked for us and everyone was happy.

We came home to more food, cake and a sneaky few bottles of cider.

Then on Sunday morning I waved her off on her holiday to France.


a school book sitting alongside a pencil and pencil sharpenings

photo: Tim Wright – Unsplash


My word of the week this week is School. There is so much going on this time of year as the school year ends and they gear down to the Summer holidays.

Star has been doing end of year assessments which have caused her a little stress but she believes she has done her best, that’s all I ever expect of her.

Boo has been spending the week in year 7, or secondary school. Or, it would be secondary school if it wasn’t an all-through school. I’m still getting used to this, it’s all so strange. In short, her school goes from Reception to Year 11 with no change of school. Of course, you have the option to remove your child and apply for a different school for year 7, just like everyone else, but the idea is that it’s less stressful for the children when they don’t have to change.

This is the first year as an all-through school so it’s still a new concept for them. They also accept more children for  the older years so there will be children from other primary schools in the area going there in September. So Boo has been spending time meeting some of the new children and finding out how differently things work when you get to year 7.

I can still remember when I first moved to secondary school, I would have nightmares about forgetting which lesson I had to go to or where the classrooms were. The building was so big compared to my primary school. This is something that won’t be an issue for Boo as she has already been at the school for a year, although she hasn’t had to change classrooms for lessons yet.

Home School

The Little Man is still at home and we’ve not heard back from any schools yet. maybe we will have more luck in September when the new school year starts. He’s doing well learning at home but I feel that we are not doing enough work and he does lose concentration very quickly some days. We were talking the other day about going to a new school and he started crying because he misses his own school. I nearly broke. I was so close to calling the school and asking them to take him back.

I know we did the right thing taking him out though, since he’s not been there he’s not gained a single bruise, he is sleeping better, he’s not having mad mood swings and (The biggie) he’s not had NITS!


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  1. July 3, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    I hope you find a school for Little Man. I am not sure the event surrounding you pulling him but sounds like you did the right thing! #keepingitreal

  2. July 3, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    Ahh! I am glad Boo had a great time on the residential trip.
    It sounds like a wonderful birthday for your eldest girl…I hope she has a good time in France.
    Good luck with finding a new school for your son. It sounds like he is doing well at home.

  3. July 4, 2018 / 9:15 am

    This time of year is full of mixed emotions for me. It’s all so exciting, and even more so with a primary school finisher, and yet it’s so busy I feel like I’m rushing around and enjoying nothing!

  4. July 4, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    Ack Nits! My nemesis for sure. Sounds like you’re having a very busy time. I find the end of the school year to be wildly busy as well. My June is always jam packed with thing going on – for the kids and for the family. We’re not quite to secondary school yet here, but I remember it well. I also stressed about not knowing where to go or which class was next. I hope your kids have smooth adjustments!

  5. July 6, 2018 / 10:30 am

    Glad Boo enjoyed her residential even if she did come back covered in bruises. I’ve not come across an all-through school before – it must be quite strange having that transition to secondary schools without changing schools but reassuring too to stay in a familiar environment. Sounds like your eldest had a lovely birthday and hope she is enjoying her trip to France. Little Man sounds like he is doing well overall with the home learning and not getting nits is definitely a plus point! #WotW

  6. July 6, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    Sounds like Boo had great fun on her residential, bruises aside! Oh yes, definitely all about school for you this week. I hope Star gets the results she’s hoping for and that you find a school, the right school, for Little Man soon. I like the sound of an all the way through school, must be so less stressful for the kids staying on, glad Boo’s enjoying learning all about it x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  7. July 6, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    So pleased that it went well bar the buses will th the trip. Sounds like a successful birthday as well X #wotw

  8. July 6, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    I’ve never heard of a school like that before, it would make high school seem less daunting for sure. I hope you can find a school for little man, it sounds like you are doing well at home though. It sounds like you have a busy couple of weeks ahead before the summer hols x

  9. July 7, 2018 / 8:58 am

    Great to read that the trip went well except for the bruises. Sounds like homeschooling little man was a great step to take too. #MMBC

  10. July 7, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    Hi Anne, what a relief that Boo came home full of fun stories and with bruises to prove the fun she had. Letting Star go is bound to be a worry, but there must come a time when she will know her limits and be able to join in with what is safe for her?… If the birthday girl had a good time, then it was the perfect birthday. And if everyone had a good time even better!… I can still remember those first days of high school and ending up in the wrong place for the wrong lesson. It does take a while to settle in a new school, so at least with a straight through one that is avoided, on the other hand, it must be harder to leave all their friends behind when they leave as they’ve been together so long… I hope the school situation works out soon for Little Man, it must be hard knowing he wants to go to school. If only bullies realised to what extent their actions affeced others.

    Thank you for linking up with #keepingitreal


  11. July 8, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    Ah bless him, Anne I totally know what you are going though but hang in there I cant describe the difference in Joe since he started his new school this week, yes its early day but I never ever felt this positive about the old school. I totally know now we did the right thing, hang in there and be determined and if you need any appeals advice dm me we can swap notes. Sounds like Boo had a fab time what a wonderful way to transition to high school too x

  12. July 9, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    I have never heard of a school that goes from reception all the way through to secondary. It must make the transition so much easier when you already know the building and probably some of the teachers. I hope Boo is now looking forward to year seven :o)


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