Today Ethan had his very first end-of-year prizegiving. And words cannot express how amazingly proud I am of my boy! :: He won the award in his class for Effort & Achievement!
In each class of approximately 25 kids, 3 certificates are given: one Academic award, one Effort & Achievement award, and one Citizenship award. So it’s a HUGE deal for him to get one!
Last week, Ethan’s teacher told me he would be getting a certificate at the prizegiving. She said it would be an Academic or an Effort & Achievement award, but she hadn’t decided which one. The fact he was in the running for both made me even prouder!
This morning I went along to the prizegiving with Mum, and Rob came for the first bit to see Ethan get his award.
Sorry about the crappy photos – it’s impossible to get good photos in that school hall, especially from the back. And it probably doesn’t help when the camera is on the wrong setting! I didn’t have time to change it; Ethan’s class was first up (and I wasn’t expecting that).
Ethan getting his certificate from his awesome teacher:
Ethan with the other 2 boys in his class who received awards. Ethan is the one closest to the Christmas tree. Great facial expressions, huh? ALL the photos I took show somebody pulling a funny face. Sigh.
Don’t ya just love the bare feet? LOL!
I simply cannot keep shoes on the boy. They come off his feet the second he gets in the door of his classroom. I asked him to keep them on today, knowing he would be going up on stage to receive an award from the Principal!! But obviously my request fell on deaf ears.
Funnily enough, the Deputy Principal actually made a comment about feet and footwear during the prizegiving. She said that now the kids are all in uniform, she looks at their feet to get some idea of their personality. She notices if they have bare feet, gumboots, jandals, sneakers, etc. And she said she LOVES to see the diversity. So I breathed a wee sigh of relief to know that typical “Kiwi kid” bare feet are still acceptable at his school. Because quite frankly, it wouldn’t be right to grow up in New Zealand without being allowed to run around barefoot.
I am just SO unbelievably proud of my little guy!
He loves school so much, which makes me really happy. The fact that he is doing so well is just the icing on the cake, really. I still can’t believe that he’s reading at level 14, which is the equivalent of a 6.5-year-old! It’s so awesome to listen to him read books and write his little stories. He has grown SO much over the last 6 months, more than I ever imagined he would. I love that school is such a positive part of his life!
One Proud Mumma, signing off.