New Beginnings {My Captured Moment}

April 16, 2015




Today was the day when parents everywhere found themselves frantically checking their emails, just waiting for the confirmation of that much sought after school place. Luckily, we got our first choice for Lucas. We were quietly confident, we are well in the catchment and the school has just gone up a class size so it isn’t over-subscribed but still I nervously checked in the morning and let out a sigh of relief when I saw the school we wanted confirmed.

Lucas’ current pre-school is part of this school so I am especially glad he has got a place there. Come September, as far as he is concerned, there will be minimal change. He will have the same uniform, be in a class with many of his friends, we’ll be walking the same way each day, he will spot his old teacher and he’ll already know the Headteacher and the school layout. I love the school, it feels very much like how I think a Primary School should be; it doesn’t feel pressured and set on constant academic achievement. There is a lovely community and lots of events, the children I’ve come across seem happy and the teachers very supportive. So much green space surrounds it with woodlands and play areas. We have been very fortunate that the only school within reasonable walking distance is one that we would have chosen anyway.

For the last eight months (how has it already been that long?!) it has been Lucas’ school and he has incredibly happy there, I have never had a day when he hasn’t run into class with a smile on his face. He has made friends and children call his name when we walk to the school doors, they hold hands, play tag and show off their new clothes, or new bags. I’ve made friends too, just from talking outside over the months I have become good friends with a lovely Mum and we meet up in the holidays. There have been moments I’ve been worried that it has been too much for him, he will start in Reception just a few days after turning four, but on the whole it has been so positive.

For My Captured Moment this week I have chosen a photo I took of him after the very first settling in session we had there. We visited for an hour and I stayed with him, he insisted on wearing his trilby and took it all in his stride. I was so nervous, I remember the walk there like it was yesterday and I remember taking this photo as he ran outside after the hour, so full of energy and excited. It was the start of something new and he has changed in so many ways since that day. I was so proud of him that afternoon and I am just as proud now. It has been the most incredible experience to see him become a part of this new little world. I can’t help but feel a little emotional when I think of him standing at the school gates next year, ready for full time education – a whole new beginning for my very first little boy.


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  • Vicki

    Im so pleased Lucas got in to his preferred school. It sounds like he has settled in well & will take it all in his stride when he transitions from pre school.

    April 16, 2015 at 2:02 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      I hope so, he always surprises us! Thanks Vicki xx

      April 20, 2015 at 9:21 am Reply
  • mummyofboygirltwins

    Really pleased and glad you got your first choice. Such a relief I bet. Hope he enjoys it when he starts in September, although it’ll be no trouble seeing as he already goes to preschool there! What a lovely photograph – you can tell how he can’t wait to get in! Jess x #mycapturedmoment

    April 16, 2015 at 2:29 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      I’m sure he will enjoy it and because he’s in the pre-school they have visits up to his new class…that will be much needed for Lucas! xx

      April 20, 2015 at 9:21 am Reply
  • Donna

    The last eight months have flown by! We had to wait until this evening to find out school places but LP is going to the school attached to her preschool too – an easy transition for them I think x

    April 16, 2015 at 5:50 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Must have been awful having to wait until the evening when everyone else was hearing. So glad she got in, I think it will be much easier! xx

      April 20, 2015 at 9:19 am Reply
  • Steph Martin

    So pleased Lucas got into your first choice! Similar here, Skye is already attending nursery at the school she will be going to in September so it will make it much easier, was more worried last year when it was all completely new to us.

    Such a lovely photo and memory of Lucas xx

    April 16, 2015 at 9:14 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Ah I know, I’m glad that you are happy with it all now and it will be easier for Skye come September! xx

      April 20, 2015 at 9:19 am Reply
  • Lisa@intotheglade

    Oh congratulations on getting your first place, even when you are quietly confident, you can’t be sure until you open that email, such a relief. This is a lovely photograph! He looks so cute in his trilby! He looks like he is bouncing out, so full of excitement. It’s a special Captured Moment xx

    April 16, 2015 at 9:52 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      It seems like just two minutes about yet he looks so different here and he has grown up so much. We were so relieved about the place thank you xx

      April 20, 2015 at 9:18 am Reply
  • SArah Christie

    Ah so pleased you got your choice Hayley its so stressful when you don’t and how lovely the transition will be so smooth x

    April 16, 2015 at 10:14 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      I’m really thankful for the smooth transition as Lucas does not take well to change, at all! Thanks Sarah xx

      April 20, 2015 at 9:17 am Reply
  • Caro | The Twinkles Mama

    Gosh, Hayley, I can absolutely see why you’ll be feeling emotional!! Even thinking about my boys going to school makes my eyes sting with tears!! So fab that you got your first choice place xx #MyCapturedMoment

    Caro |

    April 17, 2015 at 6:51 am Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Ooh I know, and I’ll be so much worse with my twins, they really are my babies! It all just goes by so quickly! xx

      April 20, 2015 at 9:16 am Reply
  • Carie

    Oh that’s wonderful. I think we were in a similar situation – our village school is really wonderful and we were quietly confident of getting a place but it was a huge relief to see it confirmed. Though for Kitty it’s going to be a big change, she doesn’t attend the preschool at the moment, she goes to the same nursery she’s been at since she was tiny so I think we shall have to do some practice walks to get her used to the idea!

    April 18, 2015 at 3:43 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Yes, it is still so nice to get it confirmed. I am sure that Kitty will love her new school, we did a few walks to pre-school before Lucas started and talked about it which I think helped. It wasn’t just sprung on him!

      April 20, 2015 at 9:15 am Reply
  • Sian @ QuiteFranklySheSaid

    Great news that you got your first choice of school for Lucas. I can’t believe how quickly these things come round. I’m just thinking of preschools for Noah at the moment x

    April 18, 2015 at 10:16 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Wow, that is quick! I know, it doesn’t seem two minute since I was dropping him off for his first session and now it’s all about big school! xx

      April 20, 2015 at 9:13 am Reply
  • Katy {What Katy Said}

    Glad you got your preferred school, would have been a shame for him to start all over again somewhere new. Lovely photo, looks so small doesn’t he? xx

    April 20, 2015 at 9:12 am Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      He does, can’t believe how much he has changed since then! xx

      April 20, 2015 at 10:06 am Reply
  • Heledd

    Oh he’s obviously a happy, well adjusted little boy. I always think these ‘setting-in’ days are more for us parents than the kids. Well done on getting your first choice school. Cute captured moment too, love the hat. Thanks for linking up xx

    April 21, 2015 at 5:37 pm Reply
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