And that’s it, my Little Man’s primary school days are over. He is from the class of 2021 and my last child of five to finish primary school. Here he is sporting his Class of 2021 t-shirt which his Dad had to pick up from the school. It has all the names of the year six children within the 2021 on the back.
It’s been a time like no other. When the schools broke up early last year and they spent the last term learning at home, we thought that come September all would be well again. But it wasn’t to be, Covid was still around and the school took extra special measures to keep the kids safe. I take my hats off to them because they did incredibly well and the Little Man only had to self isolate once. The very last week of school. It was heart breaking to have got so far and then miss out on all the fun stuff planned for him and his class mates, most of who he will not see again.
During lockdown the Little Man was the only one of my three children who worked really well at home, but even he got a little fed up of it towards the end. The last week of Primary was spent in online lessons and it was bitter sweet. The kids had their cameras on, whereas before they hadn’t bothered. They knew it was the only way they would see each other for the last time. The teacher was at home, also self-isolating but she made the lessons as fun as possible. They didn’t really work, they did quizzes and played games. The last day they spent telling each child what they thought about them. They were kind, considerate, caring and they made my Little Man weep when their time was over. It was the saddest end of term I’ve ever known.
I know we are not alone, so many other children missed their final weeks at school. My son’s school, which had done so well, went from 0 to 2 to 167 self isolating in a couple of weeks. The Little Man sat next the the boy who tested positive in his class and we worried when he started coughing. Then he developed a fever and I made him do a PCR test. It came back negative and we were so relieved.
It’s the end of the school year and the end of an era. In September my youngest child will be going to secondary school and Star will be starting college. I’m hoping this Covid situation gets better for their sakes.