Young Jenny, 5, started school back in August. (We’re in Scotland, so the summer holidays start and end earlier than other places).
She’s been put in a composite class, meaning that it’s made up partly of new students, and those in second year. We were told this was partly due to how she did in nursery, and the fact that she’s so outgoing and confident.
So far, she’s loving it. From getting her uniform on in the morning to doing her homework, she is loving it all. She is even writing sums in her own notebook and wants to read everything, all the time.
Academically (and it seems silly to use that word for a child who’s been in school for less than two months), she’s doing well. She has already passed her Primary 1 test!
So it seems like all is good so far. She’s had a couple of minor niggles. A couple of scrapes, and another over-enthusiastic pupil who grabbed her and knocked her down, but this is going to happen when you get a whole bunch of kids in one place.
Jenny also talked about a time when she was getting changed for P.E. and everyone laughed at her. We never got to the bottom of that story, but we were concerned that her heart op scar might have been noticed by other pupils. It didn’t seem to bother Jenny so we haven’t dug too deep, but it did worry me.
She’s still confident, maybe too much! Emma was telling me that Jenny has started hugging her school mates in the morning, but they didn’t seem too keen! She’ll just need to learn about personal space. Not an unusual thing for a five year old not to know about yet.
We have our first parent’s night in a week or two. All the parents have also been asked about joining the PTA as well. All the proper parent stuff! Soon, it’ll be Halloween parties and Christmas plays. Jenny has recently started dance classes and Rainbows (early Brownies) too. She’s got a very busy social life! I’m now just the driver.
As a Dad, I get mixed emotions seeing my little girl grow up. I’m incredibly proud and happy that she’s taken to the new challenges so well. She’s her own person. Funny, bright and full of life. It’s quite an emotional time!