Today was Miss A’s kindergarten graduation (for those of you not from Australia, kindergarten here is until 4/5 years old and the foundation year of primary school starts at 5/6 years old). Here she is with her lovely forced smile:
What was interesting about seeing a graduation at this age was that the kids really did not GIVE A HOOT about graduating. I’m so used to attending nice University graduations where everyone walks up nicely, shakes hands with the dean, takes their certificate politely, smiles etc…Not these 4 and 5 years old! How these kids walked up to their teacher to get their graduation certificate was hilarious and also a reflection of their personality. Some flounced in dramatically, some ran at top speed, one gave the teacher a big bear hug…and because they are 4 and 5 year olds just doing what they’re told to do, most just grab their certificate and sit down without a smile.
My child, of course, slunks into the room stony faced when her name is called, hair unkempt and all over her face (graduation was at the end of the day so we hadn’t seen them all day before this- I promise she went to school looking normal). She just looks to sit down with the group straight away instead of getting her certificate and the teacher has to call her name a few times to get it. After everyone gets their certificate, all the kids have to stand up and sing a song they had been preparing for the parents, and my daughter is just holding her mortarboard in her hands (clearly hating it) instead of wearing it like all the other kids. Yup, that’s my girl! By the time they finish and get to us, of course she is over the whole thing and very reluctantly takes some forced pictures with us.
Generally, I think this whole graduation thing was also a bit hard for the kids to grasp because they haven’t actually finished school yet. The school year here finishes just before Christmas which is when things get crazy so it was just nice to get the ceremony out of the way earlier in the month.
It was a little emotional thinking of all the good experiences she’s had at this place and also all the friends that have come and gone. She will be going to the same primary school as a few of her best friends though so that will be nice for them. They also get a portfolio to take home that’s filled with all the memories, experiences, and artworks that the teachers have so nicely put together over their entire time at the daycare/kindergarten centre. Her file is huge as she has been at this place for 3 years. I seriously wish my childhood was as well documented as hers! How nice to be able to look back at the moments that have made you who you are.
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