It only really hit me on Friday that the end had come. I have been taking it one day at a time, sticking to routine, enjoying the specialness of each precious little girl and not thinking about the fact that I would soon be sending them on to the next teacher!
Of course we had spoken about how they felt about moving on in a care circle. This is what they said: “I am a little bit nervous but I’m also excited” “I am looking forward to learning new things” “I know in Grade 2 I will learn about birds and bats and that’s exciting” “We’re going to build things and I like that” “I will miss you and I hope my new teacher will be kind” “I want you to be our new Grade 2 teacher!”
Who the new teacher would be was a closely kept secret. They’re all going up together so their was a great deal of speculation as to who it could be – was it the teacher who took last year’s girls? I told them it could be anybody – Maybe Coach K (Grade 7 male teacher) would come down to teach Grade 2 – anything is possible. They shrieked in delight and at home time one reported to her dad – Coach K might be my new teacher!
Friday finally dawned. The girls arrived full of excitement and expectation. They were noisy, fidgety, over-the-top and I had to calm them down before we could do anything constructive. The choir girls (half my class) had to go off to practice so normal routine could not be followed. The remaining girls did some fun worksheets until the others returned. I just managed to complete handwriting when we all had to go to our Award Ceremony Practice. And that was that. We returned to pack up, tidy the classroom, have our snack and go out to break.
At 11 o’clock, armed with their stationery I took them to the meeting place. Mrs K announced who the Grade 2 teachers would be. My class were first and they cheered when they heard the great news that they were to be with pretty, young Miss Mey!
While my girls were wrenched from my care I was left feeling rather bereft – I had no new little ones to welcome to soften the blow but I know I’ll get over it – there are new horizons for me too.
At the end of the day the girls returned content with the knowledge that they had landed on Planet Second Grade without mishap and the continuing journey is going to be just as exciting.
But it’s not quite over in Grade One yet! We have our Awards Ceremony on Monday, Tuesday – no school for you, girls. And on Wednesday we bid a final farewell to each other with a Teddy Bears’ Picnic – So remember to bring you favourite cuddly toy, a healthy snack, juice and a treat!