Why I am thanking the girls’ teachers
Being a teacher myself, I know full-well that you don’t enter the profession for the holidays! Teaching is a calling. I am sure there are plenty more jobs that I could be doing, but I cannot imagine myself doing anything else. I think that because I see our education system from the inside, it gives me more reason to appreciate the great job that the girls’ teachers have done this year.
Freyja was very excited about starting Year 2 – mostly because her new classroom would be one of the recently built ones. Freyja loves school. She enjoys learning, reading and writing stories. Her personal target this year has been to improve her handwriting. She constantly compares herself to others and had got quite hung up on the idea that everyone was better than her. She was quite deflated when classmates were given a pen licence. Miss Gordelier was so good encouraging her and helping her to see her own progress. One day at pick-up, Miss Gordelier called me over. I felt a little bit sick. Freyja has always been well-behaved at school, but I have seen what she can be like at home and I so I dreaded what I was about to be told. Instead, Miss Gordelier wanted to tell me how impressed she was with Freyja’s writing. Freyja stood next to her beaming. That is exactly what the best teachers do. They set the bar high, they support and encourage and they praise when praise is deserved.
This year was a particularly important year for Emily as she started school in September. I was delighted that she was going to be taught by the same teachers that Freyja had when she was in Reception. I am sure there would have been parents who were unsure how a job share could provide the best start to school for their children. However, Mrs Stubbs and Mrs Twine have nailed it. I think the real test that proves just how much the pair of them put in, is that Emily refuses to choose which of them she likes best! She adores them both!
Reception is such a huge year for children. I really believe that their experience this year sets the tone for the rest of their school life. The Reception children are really sweet, but they are such hard work! I volunteered to go on Emily’s school trip last month and I was completely broken by the end of the day. The children were all so well-behaved, but they want to chat to you and ask questions and all want to hold your hand. Reception teachers take this all in their stride, whilst appearing to be happy and enthusiastic.
I honestly can’t thank the girls’ teachers enough. For the girls to be happy at school and to be making progress as they both are, is the most important thing. Their teachers thoroughly deserve the 6 week break. However, I know that it won’t really be a 6 week break. They will have lots do to with hand-over of work to new class teachers and preparation for classes for next year.
However, teaching can sometimes feel like a thankless task. Teachers are under so much pressure to ensure their classes meet targets, with schools desperately underfunded. The profession is losing experienced staff and this is a massive concern. I want to make sure that the girls’ teachers know how much they are appreciated. The girls want to give cards and presents to them, to say thank you. And I want to too.
I love being able to give personalised presents (mostly because I have experienced my generic pens and mugs disappearing from time-to-time). Funky Pigeon sent us a few of their personalised items and I am really impressed. There is a great range of personalised cards – lovely for younger children who might struggle writing names out. I have several keys to use at school, so personalised key rings are a great idea. Emily enjoys painting, colouring and playing in the mud kitchen, and her clothes usually reflect this. We decided an apron would be really useful to protect her teachers from all those mucky hands!
In fact, there really is something for every teacher in the range. You can get mugs, coasters, tote bags, notebooks, bouquets and chocolates. And if any of the parents of my pupils are reading this – you can also purchase personalised gin bottles in their alcohol range. Teaching can be very stressful, and a gift from Funky Pigeon’s Mindfulness range would make a really thoughtful present. I think this 7 day organic tea and supplements kit from Pukka could be just the thing for a burnt-out teacher to help them make the most out of the summer holiday.
I know that when the summer holidays come, and I am trying to entertain the girls every day, I will be so grateful to how their teachers have done this for a whole year. AND taught them a huge range of topics. With fifteen times more children than I am dealing with. They are pretty amazing people.
Disclaimer: I was sent items from Funky Pigeon for the purposes of this post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own