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12/06/2013 at 11:14
Where are we up to? Any induction days? How are u all feeling?
L starts on 2nd sept which is the day I start an intensive 7 day course miles away and need to leave the house at 6am so h is taking the day off as al which he grudges as its literally to drop L off at 8.45
L is going to the school over the road, he goes there for Pre school anyway, has a best friend and plays with the other boys, he doesn't like the girls!!!! He's already been in trouble a few times for playing battles and zombies where the boys kick the legs away from other boys (who are on the other team) so the teacher has had a bit if a time of it given the class is very boy heavy.
reception are in the same unit as nursery so he knows his new teacher and TA , he goes with reception for reading and some number work if he wants (they encourage him to join reception but I did say I didn't want him missing out on playing with his peers as he is only just 4) he has a reading book and it amazes me that he's actually reading but I dobt want it forced down his throat iyswim, I think its a fine line really between enjoying his time and encouraging development iiyswim
anyway iv just got his shoes and gym shoes to get, have ordered his jumpers and gym bag and that's us sorted uniform wise
hes going to have packed lunches each day as school meals are £1.85 which I know is in line with national prices but I just thought its a lot weekly and by sending a packed lunch I know exactly what he leaves as they keep it in the packed lunch box,
how are you all feeling
12/06/2013 at 11:19
I've a secondary school starter on my hands. She has an induction day on 2nd July, and there's the parents induction that evening too. I'm too young to be a mum of a secondary schooler so I might just go to the day with E instead.
I've not got her any uniform yet, annoyingly though it's basic (not kilts in sight like I used to have to wear) and black you have to have the school standard skirt and trousers. Luckily I won't have to shell out for rugby kit either. There's only one shop I can get it all from too so I'll have to do a day trip to Surrey to get her kitted out. I may need to sell a kidney to pay for it all.
I'm going to cheat and copy my post I wrote this morning on DW!
We had an induction afternoon for the parents a few weeks ago, and then C has his induction morning (well, it's an hour) a week on Monday - they also have a pirate party he can go to the same week, but it's on a day we're both at work and he's at nursery so probably not going to happen unless my Mum can help out and take him. We have a whole pile of papers to fill in, and he also has a booklet of homework to do before he goes back to give them an idea of where he's at - I guess I should get him started on it soon.
He goes in for 3 mornings w/c 9th September, then starts full time the following week so quite a short induction, with a home visit the first week of September. We just sorted out his before and after school care this week, a nursery who were previously full when I contacted them before Christmas now have space so he's going there - a bit more expensive than a childminder, but I'm really happy with the nursery after going to visit it last Friday, and it's almost next door to the school with the village hall in between.
I started getting a few bits of uniform from Sainsbury's the other week when they had 25% off (some polo shirts, couple of pairs of trousers and couple of jumpers - some of them may be too big for when he starts, but he'll grow into them I'm sure) - if anyone has any tesco clubcard vouchers, school uniform is in the double up clubcard exchange. I have everything else left to buy! I really should make a list and sort some more of it out.
I'm still a bit wobbly about him going there after it's inadequate oftsted a couple of months ago, although they've had an inspection since and were told they were doing well and in line with what was expected.
Can't believe how quickly it's coming round, he's got his pre-school leavers party on 12th July, although he'll be at the nursery until the end of August, then a couple of weeks at the new nursery to get him used to it.
12/06/2013 at 11:24
O sshh I can't even think of secondary school how annoying about the uniform
Dd that's really positive that the other inspection shown then heading in the right direction. We had home visits last year for Pre school so I assume they won't do it again. I took advantage of the debenhans and m&s sales keeping eyes peeled for a brantano sake though for his clarkes
12/06/2013 at 11:31
Nicky just carries on at the school he is already at as it's nursery for 2 years which he has nearly finished then onto the next class up. I think they are a year or maybe even two behind the UK so learning is slower paced. He is already ahead of all the children in the next class up with numbers and recognising words. It's the two days in French he'll find more challenging but hopefully he will be a French speaker in a year's time.
No uniform here which is a shame as it's smarter.
I've started doing a little bit of UK reception 'work' with him and he flies through it but he won't get homework until he's 7 so once he has started I will just carry on reading with him and teach him myself if necessary as he wants to do it.
Bit anxious about him going for 4 full days a week, I will be pining for him come 1pm when I usually pick him up He still gets Wednesdays off though so I happy about that.
oh and lunches I will still make myself, I'm not paying £2000 a year for a hot lunch when he eats at home with me in the evening anyway.
12/06/2013 at 12:41
J is meant to start on 5th September but we are away so he'll not start until the following Monday. Initially they only do half days for a week and a half, then they do morning and afternoon but can't stay to lunch, then they go in full time and can stay to dinners from 30th September.
They can't take packed lunch, they have to either come home or stay, dinner money is £2 per day, so from the end of September I'll be paying £80 a month for school dinners
I went yesterday and ordered his school sweatshirts, still need to get the rest of his stuff.
He goes for a visit to his new class a couple of days in July. I know from the teacher that he is going into E's old reception class and the teacher is lovely. I'm not sure how he is going to cope with full days as he still isn't that keen on nursery, he would be happy not to go again although likes it when he gets there.
12/06/2013 at 12:44
Oh yes, C will be going for school dinners - it doesn't actually say anywhere how much they cost, but it's just a lot more convenient for us to do that - plus on his nursery days he'll only get a light tea there so will need a hot dinner, and it would be better for him I think if he's in a routinw,
SW - that's a bit rubbish they can't stay for packed lunch!
12/06/2013 at 13:41
My middle child is starting reception so going to full days. It's kind of a big step but not really as he is in the school for half days in nursery so he already goes to breakfast club and wears uniform etc.
A bigger shock for me is my little one starting school, she will only just be 3 in August. It's breaking my heart to think of it :-(
12/06/2013 at 13:54
My biggest girl is starting college in September.....well if she gets the 3 GCSE C passes she needs to be accepted onto her course. She seems to think that organising an end of year party is totally more important than an revision she needs to be doing
12/06/2013 at 21:58
Lots of us with school starters/movers this year then!
We have parents morning in 3 weeks, then S goes for 2 hours one afternoon and then a whole morning the following day. Home visit first week of September then starts full time 8th. I didn't realise reception start later than the others until I had the letter.
Can't believe how gradually some of yours have to start! Must be a nightmare if you're working!
Not brought uniform yet as polo shirts and jumpers have to be embroidered- going to cost me a bloody fortune!
He's really excited as his best friend from nursery is going. It's only up the road from nursery so I expect he'll know some others too.
He'll have school dinner the days he's in after school club as he'll only get a light tea there. I'm really glad I'll be around the first term to pick him up etc
12/06/2013 at 22:52
L is starting P1 on 14 Aug. His pre-school is in the school grounds so it won't be a huge wrench. He starts straight away full time though so I can see some teary tired evenings on the horizon. There will be four P1 classes so I really hope he ends up in with some of the boys he is friends with. We will miss induction day on 19 June as we will be in Majorca!
I am presuming he will take a pack lunch but don't actually know anything about what happens at lunchtime. We are getting his starter pack this Friday because we will miss induction so hopefully find out then.
12/06/2013 at 23:30
O starts on the 3rd of September. We had a stay and play session for the children and parents at school this morning which he enjoyed. They are running for 4 weeks and i think will be great for him.
They have a stay a play for just children which i think is next month, then he'll start on the 3rd with afternoons for a week then go to full days, we also have the option to have 2 more weeks of half days if we don't think he'll settle. Haven't ordered any uniform yet but only got info on it today. Lunch is £2 a day so it actually works out cheaper then the £13 i spend for only 2 lunches at play school, haven't decided if we'll do school lunch or packed lunch yet but we're allowed to do mixed if we like.
12/06/2013 at 23:38
S starts on 16th September at the school Jack goes to. We have parents info evening next week, and then week after she goes with her playgroup friends for a morning to play in Reception with her playgroup staff.
We have home visit sometime before she starts in September, but don't know when, although I've told the office it will have to be a Thurs or Fri as I will be doing my own home visits for my own Reception class in September as well!
I will miss her first day because of work which is a shame, but can't be helped.
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