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Back to school!

7 September 2016
By Sarah
I haven’t had much time to write my blog as I’m panic-buying shoes and attempting to get the iron-on name tags to iron on to my daughter’s new upper-school uniform before term kicks off. You might say I’ve had six weeks to get organised, but no sooner have they broken up, they’re back again. This time round, I don’t know the new school’s rules and what I do and don’t really have to buy, so like a good parent I’ve bought the lot - until my daughter realises none of the other kids have it/wear it/use it/will give it the time of day - so it gets discarded on day 2 at major expense to me.

7 September 2016
By Sarah
I haven’t had much time to write my blog as I’m panic-buying shoes and attempting to get the iron-on name tags to iron on to my daughter’s new upper-school uniform before term kicks off. You might say I’ve had six weeks to get organised, but no sooner have they broken up, they’re back again. This time round, I don’t know the new school’s rules and what I do and don’t really have to buy, so like a good parent I’ve bought the lot - until my daughter realises none of the other kids have it/wear it/use it/willwith give it the time of day - so it gets discarded on day 2 at major expense to me.

Loved it or hated it, most of us have lasting memories from our own school days. Pink custard, Bunsen burners and hymns in assembly topped a recent poll of the things we’re most likely to remember. ‘i before e except after c’, photosynthesis and playing a recorder are other lingering educational nuggets.

PE lessons have made an impact on our lives too, with many of us still (unsuccessfully) attempting forward rolls and crabs, and shuddering at cold showers. And who can’t forget the golden rule of not walking through the school field during javelin lessons!

You might think your mind was being filled up with pointless stuff but just how many times have you used Never Eat Shredded Wheat for remembering compass points, the calendar poem ’30 days hath September’, and Richard of York Gave Battle In Vain for the rainbow’s colour order.

"I was trussed up in a tie, six-gore skirt and pork-pie shoes - think St Trinian’s..."
"I was trussed up in a tie, six-gore skirt and pork-pie shoes - think St Trinian’s..."

I don’t know about you but schools seem friendly places these days - and even the teacher’s are nice! My daughter laughs when I tell her about my school’s policy of never EVER wearing make-up and being handed a piece of Izal to wipe it off.

We certainly weren’t allowed to wear ear-rings and had to get them pierced at the beginning of the summer holidays. And while I was trussed up in a tie, six-gore skirt and pork-pie shoes - think St Trinian’s - my daughter’s allowed to wear a polo shirt, black jeans and trainers. My head mistress would’ve expelled me on the spot.

If you’ve had someone help out with your childcare during the school break, why not send them a gorgeous bunch of thank you flowers?

Altogether now, 2 and 2 are 4…

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