first day of school


Today. First day of school. 

Gosh there's been some build up since December.

When you have a kid who really doesn't transition well or cope with any major change (and who they weren't even sure would go to a mainstream school 12 months ago due to developmental impairment,) well, you do your homework.

We've walked around the school. We went and got his school uniform. Bought the school shoes. Drove up and sat outside at 9am one morning so he could see all the kids arriving (and get a feel for what the gates look like.) 

We've practiced packing his bag, identifying his recess box and his lunch box. We went and met the teacher. We've practiced carrying the bag. 

And we've comprehensively considered homeschooling as an alternative.

He was all organised, Henry-style, for this morning. 

We have a notice board with laminated pictures on it that show him what he needs to do before school and he puts them on a 'finish' line when he's done. That worked really well.

We took some photos and off we went. 

And he was perfectly fine. When he went in for orientation in December he spent a great deal of time lying on the floor pretending to be asleep and we didn't get any of that today. 

He went in, put his bag away like a pro and I left him with a year 3 kid who was showing him how to make cool patterns on a computer-based drawing game. 


Was I teary? Honestly, not at all.

I cried when I left him at his first Lifestart class last year, a once-a-week early intervention program with kids that were mostly non-verbal. I cried a couple of times when I left him at pre-school and he really didn't want to be there (I considered quitting my job on the spot those days.) 

But there was no crying today. When you have a kid like Henry and so many things in the past few years have been out of our control and really worrying, when you walk him into a great school with great teachers and a fantastic school community, there is only reason to celebrate.

So cheers

Let's hope he enjoys tomorrow as much as he enjoyed today. 

And maybe he'll be as dorky as his Mum and just love school. 


13 Comments on “first day of school

Alex Nolan
February 4, 2010 at 8:49 pm

What a thoroughly delightful post, Fi. So glad Henry had a fabulous time, and that you were fine too.

I bawled when James started school, and have high expectations of doing the same in September when Edward starts (he’ll only be 2 weeks over 4…). But then, we too, have a terrific school, teachers and community to be thankful for.

I think Henry will fit right in and be an inspiation to us all about how to cope with new things. Well done Henry 🙂

February 4, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Thanks darling! There were a number of tearful parents departing the school grounds! And thanks for the comments about Henry coping with new things – it’s been one of the most challenging hurdles and we’re so proud of him.

February 4, 2010 at 9:25 pm


February 4, 2010 at 9:30 pm

me too to what everyone else said but the fabulous IWM summed it up the best (as usual) 😀

February 4, 2010 at 9:59 pm

My sisters the comedians aka acronyms xxx

Melissa Linardon
February 4, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Thats really cool

sarah burkhardt
February 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm

What a beautiful young boy Henry has grown into! I was also very surprised when Alex started school that there were no tears … me! (I had a little cry the night before as I packed his bag and put his uniform out and was expecting waterworks for the next day – but in the end Alex and I were both happy and comfortable! It is so funny to see Henry in that uniform – my little brother and sister both go there – Lauren is same age as alex and has just started grade 1 and Thomas grade 4!

February 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Wow, it’s a really big day isn’t it and it’s so great that you both handled it so well. Go Henry! And how’s Tilly taking it all? In my experience it’s hardest of all on the one who’s left at home. Katie cried a lot when Abby started school and even now she can hardly wait to go to collect her in the afternoons.

February 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Yay for a lovely first day.

We did the extra rounds before our girl’s first day of school and the only time I even felt the slightest bit emotional was when I realised how uneventful it was and that was from shear relief….

It’s so incredible to watch little people who we love so fiercely grow and blossom despite our fears and worries. Totally worth celebrating I say!

February 7, 2010 at 10:16 am

Fab! Is he still enjoying school? I remember my brother’s first day at school. Partly because I was so anxious for him myself!

February 7, 2010 at 11:09 am

Hi Y! yep, day 2 (Fri) went well and was quite happy to front up to kindy both days this weekend. Convinced him to wit till Monday to go back on the condition he could go for the next 5 days in a row. xxx

February 8, 2010 at 10:08 am

you drive a hard bargain Fi!!

so glad t hear all is going well – my little one is loving it as well and seems to be settling into the routine easily.
what’s this chart business for his morning routine? can you let me know more about it? it sounds good.

avi to wmv
November 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Hear child are so quit. I love child and this child photo are very nice and it looking really very awesome. Also you have enjoy this photo .


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