Well... Our big girl is off to school! It feels like we have all been counting down the days recently as we have ALL been so excited for her.
Joe took the morning off work and we all walked to school. Saskia's school is St Louis de Montfort and is only 1 km away and is a lovely short walk. Sas didn't show any sign of anxiety or trepidation - just a HUGE smile that didn't move all day. Mum and Dad were pretty good too - I almost shed a tear when I read the lovely letter we were given from Miss Townsend (Sassy's teacher). The letter was gorgeous and read as follows:
Here is a little gift for you (tea-bag) as you leave your precious one with me on the first day of school. After you've gone home make yourself a hot cup of tea. Remember that together we will endeavour to make this a very special first year of school for your child.
Thank you for entrusting your child to me for the coming school year. I will do my very best to be your child's guide in learning and exploring this bright, new world.
A simple message, but the timing was perfect and just added to the confidence I have in the school.
She has a lot of friends already - there are about 6 kids from her day care centre, 2 from our Mum's group and 1 other family friend that we know, and they are all in her class! So when we all got to school it was more like a nice reunion as she hadn't seen all her friends for so many weeks! Lot's of laughter, hugs and excited giggles.
Of course Lucia was interested in all the excitement too! She needs NO encouragement to pose for photos!
After we left Saskia at school, Lucia and I went to Southland Shopping Centre for a bit of a wander around. It was such a novelty to hang out with just Lucia. I am really looking forward to spending some nice quality time with Lucia on our Fridays. My only concern is that Lucia wont start school for another 3 years! That seems so far away!
And the other nice thing about St Louis' is that it is Joe's old primary school! Yes, he went to St Louis too. It is lovely to have these links with the school and Saskia is so proud that she is going to "Dad's school".
So, the first day of school is over. The countdown begins now until Monday for the second day of school!! It can't come soon enough for Saskia!