Thursday, 14 July 2016

Dear Miss...A Little Thank You

Dear Miss

This is a letter to say thank-you. I couldn't say it when my beautiful girl left your reception class door this afternoon as I was crying. Not because I am sad. The opposite. Because I am happy. I am overjoyed that she left crying saying that she would rather be in school for the summer. She wept all the way home that she would miss her friends and her Year 6 buddy that she will never see again. You made her very first year in education one of the favourite of her short life.

You patiently helped her to read. Supported her when she wrote. And never minded when she got her 2s and 5s mixed up. All the time. You played games with her. You liaised with your learning support assistant so beautifully that you were a seamless team that helped my girl grow into the amazing five year old she has become. This year she has been excited to go on trips, over the moon when I came in to be the secret reader and whilst the never ending fancy dress days sometimes drove me mad? She loved each and every one of them.

This Italy Project nearly killed me

You also coped with us parents triumphantly. Our nervous hanging around the door each morning and afternoon. Notes for this. Queries over that. And I'm sure sometimes you wanted to scream "FOR GODS SAKE BACK OFF". But you didn't. You just smiled as we blabbered on about sore throats, sleepless nights and holidays we were trying to sneak off to. You didn't mind when I forgot tuck money. For two whole terms. And were kind to my girl when cake money escaped my mind and you handed her a 50p.

Italy Day. Obvs!

Being a teacher is a tough job and I know all too well the endless planning, marking and paperwork that you have to do on a daily basis. But you never once made me little girl feel anything other than just as loved as she is at home. I was happy that she rejected my high five goodbyes in the morning for favour of running in after her mates laughing. An education is one of the most amazing privileges any human can gain and you have set my girl hopefully on the right path to success.

SMASHING IT! At Sports Day!

She's sad to leave you and I am even sadder. I am worried what will happen next year but if her Year 1 teacher is half as good she will continue to have an amazing time in school. So next time you're marking, in front of the tele, late at night rather than going out. Or are bogged down with all the million sheets of paperwork that you have to get through to pass your performance management. Remember my beautiful smiley girl and how she loved you almost as much (and sometimes a bit more) than her very own Mummy.

Mrs Conway x

First Day V Last Day. Oh the sobs

24 comments:

  1. I'm a teacher. I wish all parents appreciated what we do as much as you do. We do work hard and for all of the right reasons - because we love working with kids and want the best for them. We're all so exhausted at this point in the year, so I'm sure your letter will be much appreciated by your little girl's teacher.

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    1. Ah and she read it! Hooray! I'm a teacher of the big ones. And I am exhausted! x

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  2. Lovely. Our reception teacher has taken my shy little boy and made him the most confident thing ever. And taught him to read and write, praised him for being respectful and made him think school is the most wonderful thing. That's the grounding he is taking with him for the rest of his school life and that's amazing. Big up to all you teachers. xx

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  3. This made me cry. My boy is just finishing his Reception year too, and you have worded perfectly how I feel too - Miss Shergold will always have such a special place in my heart! Thank you x

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  4. This letter was so lovely! As a reception teacher myself it had me welling up! It is so lovely when we are appreciated and I'm sure I am speaking on behalf of your daughters teacher too when I say we love the children back just as much as treat them as though they are our own. I will be joining your daughter with tears when my class leave me just as I do every year. I am sure she will be fantastic in year 1!

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    1. I cry every year when my GCSE group leave me (even though they are RUNNING out of the school) it still makes me really sad! x

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  5. I was told there was a blog about me and here it is!!
    Mrs Conway, I have been in tears reading this post. Thank you so much! It has made my day seeing these kind words. Erin is one in a million and I love her like she's my own! I will miss her so much. You have made the perfect young girl and I'm sure she will continue to flourish throughout her school life. Thank you for all your support this year and lovely gifts. The pad will come in so much use! #teacherlife! Haha. I will miss this class soooo much but also miss their lovely parents, like yourself.

    Thank you again! Have a lovely summer.
    Miss vanstone xx

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    1. Ah I am so glad that you got to read it! The power of the internet can get anything to anyone. Have a really amazing summer! And hopefully you will be there when my boy comes up next September (he however is a bit of a loon ha ha ha) xxx

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  6. Lovely. My daughter is also off to yr1 in September and her teacher has been amazing. She's like the teacher out of Matilda. We have met the new one and she seems lovely but this is massive for our shy little girl x

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  7. Cried at your post and at the reply from Miss Vanstone! X

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  8. Miss Vanstone is an amazing teacher. I had the opportunity of working with this lady and enjoyed every moment of it. Keep up the good work (",) xxxx

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  9. What a beautiful post! It's always lovely to read positive posts about teachers and school (although I would expect nothing less from you, of course!) as they really do an amazing job for our kids. And, sadly, our kids do really love those flipping dressing up days (although in years 5 and 6, not so much!). I hope you all have a really good summer holiday and your little girl's year 1 teacher is just as brilliant as her reception teacher! x

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  10. This is such a lovely post! This is how school is meant to make our children feel, instead of moaning and groaning and dragging their feet to school every morning. What a wonderful positive start to school your daughter has had!!! My little one is nearly 3 and I keep telling her that soon her preschool breaks up for the summer soon, but she still walks around the house on a Saturday morning with her rucksack on telling me it's time to go to big girl school. It's lovely seeing how much enthusiasm they have to go every day

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