Sunday, 25 July 2010

End of an era...


Well Friday has come and gone and my youngest has left school, it was a little emotional for me, the leavers parents were invited to the leavers assembly, which a few of us went to.

I was a little tearful when I got there, but the assembly was drawn out as a few teachers and assistants were leaving too, so by the time it got to the 6th form I was a little more composed, lol...

Steven had to go up for an award for 100% attendance for the summer term, which I was proud of him getting. But had to smile as they were reading through the list another child was not there to pick there's up. So the head teacher ripped the certificate up, and said 'well they've not got 100% attendance if they're not here today'. I was a little shocked but it was the true...

Then all the leavers were called up in pairs, Steven went with a lad called Guy, who he went on the sailing trip with and they had a photo of the two of them taken from that trip up on the big screen. That's when I started to lose it, but managed to take one last photo of him at school with one of he's assistance Jan, that has know him the whole 15 plus years he's been at East Shore and The Mary Rose schools, before I legged it.



So an end of an era for Steven, not sure how he's going to take it, he's been saying school or as he says 'ooooll' all weekend and I've been saying 'school has finished, school has gone, gone, gone' (as that's what he says about my dad 'gone, gone, gone' when he looks at his picture, so thought, school will be gone from his life, like my dad has)...

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But a new stage of our life's starts again tomorrow, as I am taking him for a taster session at a day centre near Hedge End (we've visited twice already) as the social worker has not got anything sorted for him as yet. I had asked for some taster days with school staff at a couple of centres, but it seems they're was a lack of communication. It seems the school blamed the social worker and the social worker blamed the school, so I've given up with both of them and phoned the centre myself and am taking Steven there tomorrow.
But I also got in touch with the social worker saying what I've done, I think she was a little shocked that I had gone ahead, and has now arranged for a meeting here at my house on Tuesday at 10am for the other agencies that hopefully will be involved with Steven, so looks like my interfering has worked, lol...

...and another reason I did it, was the social worker who we've been working with us the last 18 months is starting a new job on the 1st August. And I knew once that happened we would have a new social worker that neither Steven or I have met, and I didn't like the thought of going through the last 18 months again with them.

9 comments:

SusieJ said...

The end of an era indeed Maria - it does make us Mums tearful, doesn't it?!
Sparkles for you and Steven with your taster days and meetings etc.
Fingers crossed you gat what you want (and what is best for Steven).
Hugs,
Sue xx

Carole said...

Good for you Maria! I don't blame you at all for going direct at least you know then what has been arranged - cut out the middle man!

I hope that it all goes well tomorrow and that Steven likes the new day centre. I will be thinking of you both as you enter the new stage of your lives.

Good luck!

Hugs - Carole xxx

Susan said...

Gosh I feel emotional just reading about it, you must have felt like a blubbering wreck!
Bless him he must really miss your Dad :(

Re the certificate getting ripped up, that is shocking but a little bit funny at the same time, shame for the child though.

DGgirl said...

Hi Maria

Hugs and sparkles to get you through the coming days and weeks. Can fully sympathise with the dilemmas facing you.

Gillxxx

Hi I'm Maria... said...

thanks sue, carole, susan and gill, I will let you know how things go...xx

jan said...

thinking of you Maria, on forward with tomorrow with the next stage for Steven and you, best wishes and hugs, Jan xx

Hi I'm Maria... said...

thanks jan...xx

craftattack said...

Lovely pics Maria, and well done on being such a wonderful and supportive Mum to Steven. Hope you soon get everything sorted out!

Hi I'm Maria... said...

Thanks val...xx