My eldest had her prom last night, after months of revision and exams it was finally the night to let their hair down – or more rightly have their hair put up!
It was a wonderful evening and she looked a million dollars with her lovely friends. It was a contrast to the day she started school. When I was leaving school there was no prom, I remember the prefects had a small gathering in a classroom but that was it. I like that they have something special to celebrate together.
It got me thinking as to what else has changed and one area is parental choice. I went to the local comp that was a twenty minute walk away. I walked with friends and begged a lift from mum if it was raining. Walking is not an option for the older two as there school is across town and so they catch the bus. I do think it is a shame and that walking to school kept me a more active teenager. However parental choice means I choose a school not in our locality. My youngest and I walk to school each day as it is five minutes away and it is a great time to have conversations about her day before she gets home.
Today is transition day and Erin meets her new teacher, again this didn’t happen when I was at school, we simply moved up in September. Now there is much more of a handover, but it is still a big deal and Erin had a little cry last night as she isn’t looking forward to changing! Another big difference is that Erin has school dinners under the universal school dinners scheme. I never had a school dinner at primary school – instead taking a packed lunch. However I like that they are much healthier now although the school dinner puddings with custard were always delicious!
Finally I am always surprised at how teaching methods change and develop. Erin learnt to read very differently from how I was taught but it seems to work and she is a very advanced reader. The same with Maths which doesn’t make as much sense to me. I did column addition and it worked but now it is all about number lines. With the older two their maths books look alien to me, they do it so differently although I could still do angles, area and perimeters! I did have to challenge myself with some of the higher level stuff when Chloe was revising. Recently Dyl asked me for help with Maths and I had to get Chloe to explain it to him as I just couldn’t!
Asda asked a few bloggers to share their school memories and I joined the conversation, you can see the results on the Life and Style pages of Asda.
What are your best school memories?
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