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.
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.
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.
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!