The 5 Things I Won’t Miss About Primary School

This week Olivia received her place for secondary school. The end of an era. My baby is growing up. I’m not quite too sure how we got here so fast but here we are. We all have to grow up sometime right! But as we head into our last few months at primary school it suddenly hit me. I don’t think I will miss the primary school years at all. No, seriously. I have been bringing Olivia here since she was 3. She started in the afternoons and this place has been a big part of her life since she was 3. It’s safe to say there are things I won’t miss about primary school at all!

I suppose I’m a bit jaded at the whole thing but me being me, I didn’t really gel well with being the kind of parent who enjoys the whole school experience. Being the involved parent. Sure, if I really had to I was there but I didn’t like it (I know I’m not alone on this). For the past school year or so, I’ve been secretly marking down to the last day. To a time where I don’t have to worry about impromptu non-uniform days or dressing as your favourite superhero come story book which was made into a film day and costs a small fortune to participate in.

I know there will be different challenges ahead as a secondary school mum but do you know what, I think I’m ready. I think? Possibly. Maybe. I’ll tell you when I get there. Anyway, let’s have a little look at the things I won’t miss about Primary School

Things I Won’t Miss About Primary School.

World Book Day

Oh yes, there is nothing more fun for someone who can’t even stitch a button back onto a cardigan than the letter announcing the school is doing something to celebrate world book day. Oh, and when they add an extra theme to the mix, just for the fun of it……. weekend ruined. OK, I have to admit our school doesn’t get involved frequently, but still when you have a child who a) doesn’t like to dress up in anything fun and b) doesn’t like to read so has no idea who you are talking about, world book day just seems like a disaster waiting to happen.

Did I ever tell you about the time I drove 10 miles to find a Dorothy dress from the Wizard of Oz, then 2 days looking for red sparkly shoes? No? It’s because the memory has been repressed so deep I only get flashbacks when I find red glitter 4 years later on the kitchen floor from me having to bling up a pair of white shoes. Also, Olivia now doesn’t fit into kids standard size dressing up outfits so the extra creativity needed is a pain in the rear end. I will not miss this at all! Bringing me nicely onto…..

Dress Up As Your Favourite Hero/Princess/we are celebrating xxx birthday

Please dress up as appropriate. See above and also with just as little time as before. I thank my lucky stars her dads mum is whizz with a needle and cotton. She has saved my bacon on more than one occasion. Gota love a nan with skills, especially when you don’t possess said skills!

Dress as a WW2 evacuee, something spotty for Children In Need and dress as a Roald Dahl character.

School Fayres

Need I say more

You donate money, or sweets, or gifts for the tombola as per instructions only to have to pay to get in. Then pay to try and win back the stuff you donated in the first place whilst fighting to get through the throngs of people packed into a tiny hall. There are swarms of kids. The whole school, plus their extended families, with prams all trying to dodge and squeeze past each other whilst crying into a luke warm cup of coffee as they realise in the past hour they’ve quite possibly spent more than they would if they’d gone abroad for a week! On Crap! Think I’m exaggerating? You’ve never been to a school fayre. These things are designed to fleece you out of as much as your hard earned cash as possible under the guise of fundraising!

The School Walk

I’m so lazy. I can’t wait until Olivia is too old to be walked to school. This is September. The countdown is on!

The Playground Cliques

Whether you’re in them, run them or avoid at all costs, there is no disputing they exist. From the queen bee to the busy body to little old me who prays no one notices she is there. The playground politics is something I am glad to finally be getting away from.

So, who’s with me? What won’t you miss about the whole primary school experience or are a mum who loves it all and embraces the challenges of last-minute world book day costumes?

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  1. Yes to this! My youngest is still just 7 so I have a few years left yet. Boo! 😉
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

    PS:loving the new blog look. 🙂

  2. You might be escaping the playground politics but I’m sure you’ll soon be hearing all the politics from your daughter! I’m actually excited for fancy dress but I’m sure it’ll get old quickly #KCACOLS

  3. I agree with this post completely!!
    My son is now in his second year at secondary school, but I shudder just remembering primary school days. I tried to be involved, but I always felt out of place as I was a much younger mum. Unfortunately I have it all to come again with my daughter!


  4. LOL So many dress up days!!! That’s crazy. We homeschool and doing costumes for Halloween feels like all I can handle in a year!!! Yeah for moving forwards. Your little girl is so sweet looking! Thanks for sharing. #KCACOLS

  5. Fab post Tracey – I have a good few more years of this yet but the dressing up is a pain! We have Book Day, Red Nose Day, Mufti Day and so on and so forth and recently E needed to dress up for his assembly too. I have never made any of the outfits though and always buy them it saves so much time and stress! #KCACOLS

  6. I’m still in the early stages of primary school, so still very much caught up in all of this! The main thing that gets me is how little notice we get about the random dressing up days, although at least our school does pyjamas for world book day which takes away a huge amount of stress! x #KCACOLS

  7. Love this! I’ve loved our primary school years, but it’s been 12 years for me now, so I’m ready to move on. Although I will miss walking to school. I’ve always been a slightly friendless mum, due to me working for most of the time my kids were at primary. But I know I’ll feel sad and sick on our last day though.

  8. Haha! Well written and funny! I’m not here yet but as a fellow non-seamstress, I’m dreading it! #kcacols

  9. Ahh the big jump to High School. I remember it like it was yesterday (god it was nearly 20 years ago). Wishing her all the luck in the world for September!

  10. Ah how time flies, I bet it doesn’t seem two minutes since she started! I know what you mean though, it must be nice when they start to become a little more independent! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS, hope you come back again next Sunday xx

  11. Hahaha yes the school fayre. Everything you say about it is so, so true! Our daughter’s 7 so I’ve got a fair few years left yet but obviously they’ll fly by. I actually love to people-watch in the playground at pick-up time (and eavesdrop too!). #pocolo

  12. ah I have it all to come! my boy starts in sept. all the dressing up faff and fayres – yep not my cuppa either! your red shoe story cracked me up!! #KCACOLS

  13. I have 2 in high school and 1 in primary. Primary does my head in, but the absent parents in High school are equally problematic. I try to organised dinners etc to meet the parent of the kids my kid is hanging out it – it’s hard…there are so few people interested. Which I find weird. Most important thing is to get yourself a good spy network – if your kid isn’t telling you the news, you need to know someone who’s in the know! 😉 #Kalcols

  14. I agree with them all except the school walk (run!). I frequently despair at yet another dressing up day. With a 6, 4 and almost 1 year old, I have a long time until I’m free! 🙁 #kcacols

  15. watch out for the cross over for the first year, there will be many things your daughter now does in secondary that you won’t be allowed to attend and you will miss it, such as sports day and assemblies, although i celebrated my kids leaving primary i did miss being involved in their activities once i wasn’t able to participate. pocolo

  16. I’m only in the beginning of primary school, so far it isn’t too bad but maybe I might say something different at the end of year 6 ha! Popping over from #PoCoLo

  17. I am fighting on the front lines at the moment with my son in reception this year. Totally agree I’m not into most of this stuff. I do sort of like World Book Day though, but I totally bought the outfit from eBay and didn’t sew a stitch. Much safer for everyone involved! Good luck to Olivia when she starts secondary school. I’m sure it will lead to lots of welcome developments. #kcacols

  18. I hate the christmas/summer fetes/other fundraising events. I would rather just donate money and not go. My third and last child has one more year. Not sure I want to rush him off to secondary, but I won’t miss some of primary school. The idea of reading Biff and Chip one more time, was enough to put me off having a fourth! #PoCoLo

  19. Ahh! My youngest still has another year at primary school….I can’t wait until she is at the secondary school.
    I hate dress up days….We had a number day a couple of weeks ago and really struggled to find something with a number on. Ugh!
    I got the newsletter yesterday and there is so many dress up days, concerts, decorate an easter bonnet day to do over the next month. My teen at the secondary school has nothing like that.