Tuesday, 26 July 2011
They just keep on growing :-(
Well it is the end of term here and the end of an era with Eldest Sweetpea moving up to Secondary School in September. We had end of term school productions where he played an entrepreneur and then he had his cycling proficiency test in the last week too (he passed unlike me who must be the only person in Britain who didn't much to Mr Sweetpeas amusement for many years!).
We also had SATS results and school reports sent home. I was incredibly proud that Eldest Sweetpea did really well in his SATS especially as I didn't send him to any of the after school classes he was asked to attend. I must say the SATS process really did annoy me, we were told that the children were not going to be put under any pressure for these tests and then came letters home re parents meetings regarding them and extra lessons for the children after school. I stuck to my instincts (which is really quite hard when you get all these 'no pressure' invites from the school) and didn't go to any meetings or send him to any extra lessons. I knew that if I had attended meetings I would have accidentally put pressure on him for a test that really is to do with how the school is performing not him, also the extra lessons would have put pressure on him too and then he would have frozen when the tests did take place. In the end he was very chilled out about the tests and did his best and did very well indeed, especially in his favourite subject Science :-) Middle Sweetpea and Little Sweetpea did very well in their reports too - one chuffed Mum !
Thursday night there was the School Disco and I went to help, goodness I nearly cried several times watching all the Year 6 kiddies together - thank goodness it was dark! Eldest Sweetpea's year has been a lovely year group, nearly all have them have known each other since Pre-School and I know them very well. Friday then saw his last ever walk to school so we all took a trip there together ....
In the afternoon they had a last assembly which was held in the village Church, I really was in two minds as to go or not as I knew it would make me upset. I asked Eldest Sweetpea if he wanted me to go and he said 'I am not bothered really' so I asked him again telling him the only reason I didn't want to go was that it would make me cry and he then replied 'Oh, if you are going to cry then I want you to come, I never see you cry' ...... well really, what a loving son I have lol.
Well I got over my own feelings (after feeling low all morning, blimey I didn't know it would upset me that much) and went along to the Church. Thank goodness for little Sweetpea, Bear and their little mate Harley for distracting me with their giggles, cushion arranging and dancing to the Year 6's songs.
Above is a photo of Eldest Sweetpea being presented with a RSPB book that he had picked as one he liked - he was really happy with it as it also had a CD with bird songs on it :-)
It was a lovely event and I am really glad I got over my worries and went along. I held in most of my tears and only became dewy eyed for a little while. Luckily I had these lovely and rather apt tissues in my bag that Emma Bear Forever gave me some time ago - see bloggers to the rescue :-)