17 July 2013

The Changing Faces of Primary Life


If you read my previous post, you will be aware that my beautiful daughter will be leaving her beloved Primary School at the end of this week. The Tween doesn't really do change very well and if completely honest, neither do I....

When my eldest daughter left the same school 2 years ago, I spent the entire final term feeling deeply nostalgic and somewhat sentimental at every farewell event.  To this day I do not know how this torrent of emotions crept up on me, 'The Stone' (for which I'm affectionately known), but it did.

Somehow, this time it's different; probably because we've done it once already. There are obvious downsides to being the middle child, but on this occasion I think it's worked out well for The Tween  - her sister has walked these paths already. 

I was riffling through our study drawers yesterday - the place where everything gets discarded just in case one day we need it - when I came across all of her old Primary School photos, from Reception right through to Year 6:



I spent a good while comparing them, looking at how much she had changed - the large, round innocent eyes in the first photo, through to the slightly more 'knowing' look of the pre-teen.  I wonder how much she will change over the next 6 years, as she embarks on this exciting new venture - Year 7 and the big wide world of Secondary School - a steep learning curve from what I recall!

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38 comments:

  1. Oh bless her cotton socks! Look forward to hearing how her school days continue - after a nice long summer holiday!

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    1. You can rest assured that I'll keep you all updated on how things are going!

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  2. What I love about these photos is the family group = they look genuinely close and I love her brother's protective arm. I'm sure she will make that transition more smoothly with such a supportive family behind her. Helen

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    1. I wish I could say they are genuinely close and protective of one another - all I can say is, they put on a good show! Thanks for your lovely comment :)

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  3. Awww really lovely photos - she has gorgeous locks but the plaits are so cute :)

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    1. I think the plaits one is the cutest too ;)

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  4. Ohhhhhh... So cute. And totally makes me happy I still have 3 years to go in primary school before I have to go through this!

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    1. My youngest still has 3 years left too - phew!

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  5. How lovely!! I hope she takes it all in her stride come September :)

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  6. This is fab. We take a 'back to school' photo on the first day of term each Sept - I love looking back at them! Maybe you should give our SaveEveryStep timeline a try? :-)
    BTW, I hope you don't mind, but I've popped your post into our Linky this week, which just happens to be all about leaving school! You can find it here...http://saveeverystep.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/leaving-school-lifes-a-journey-nostalgia-link-up-week-72/

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    1. Thanks for doing it for me! I will pop over and take a look :)

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  7. aww how nice to set them all side by side like that I hope she enjoys her new school :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah, it's going to be a steep learning curve but exciting times are ahead :)

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  8. Wonderful post. What beautiful children you have. I'm finding the transition from infants to juniors difficult enough.

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    1. I think each new milestone is difficult. Hang in there!

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  9. oh my look at her cuteness in her recption photo! exciting new world she is heading into!!

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    1. Butter wouldn't melt huh? Do not be fooled!

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  10. Lovely to see how they grow up - popping over from the gallery x

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    1. Isn't it just. Thanks for commenting :) x

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  11. What a wonderful idea for your Gallery post, what a change and it happens so fast!!
    Wishing her all the best for her exciting new phase! xx

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    1. Thank you Emily. You only really notice the changes when they're put side by side like this, don't you?

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  12. Such lovely photos, she's changing quite gradually year after year but I think the change will be more dramatic next year. Good luck with the transition into secondary school

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  13. That's why I love school photos - the same time each year, the same staging/ background. It means you really can see the change year on year and them developing as a person. Good luck to her in September. x

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  14. What gorgeous photos! It's amazing how much they change from one year to the next, let alone from reception to yr6. Good luck to you all for the big change. X

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  15. We have our eldest heading off to Secondary in September too. Sometimes I feel okay about it, some times I'm excited, and other times I'm terrified for her!

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  16. What lovely photos, ones to treasure and really great to see how she has progressed over the years xx

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  17. Beautiful post and photos, they really do change so much throughout their childhood. Lovely that you have the photos to show how much.

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  18. Love the idea of comparing them throughout the years! Beautiful photos!

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  19. Suzanne this is such a really lovely way of seeing the changes xx

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  20. What a lovely set of photos. We have something similar for our three, and I love looking at the photos together to see how they've changed x

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  21. How lovely that you've got those photos to see how she has changed over the years. x #PoCoLo

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  22. Adorable!! she really looks like you! Photos are so amazing, aren't they? You can see just how much she has grown up since Reception. Precious collage :-) x

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  23. I love that you have created a gallery of how she's developed. A great idea and one that I will pinch when Beaver starts Reception in September. I really love following your posts - as you're just ahead of me on the curve. Also always intrigued with the dynamic of three as the jury's still out on that one! What are the 'obvious downsides' to being the middle child? Do you really believe that or is it a myth we all adopt? x

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  24. Ooh you must be gobsmacked that she has grown up so much! Primrose starts Reception in Sept and I still can't understand where the time has gone! Lovely that you have all those photos to mark each primary year. xx

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  25. Back to confirm that I will share for PoCoLo xx

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  26. I love the story told in these pictures. Very best of luck to her when she starts big-big school! X.

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  27. I love the story these photos tell. Very best of luck to her when she starts big-big school! X.

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