Just waved my Sixth Former off to school!

(87 Posts)
Horsemad Thu 05-Sep-13 08:03:07

How on earth can he be in sixth form?! Doesn't seem five minutes ago since he started Reception and I was wondering if he'd cope as he is a July baby!

Good Luck DS1, work hard and enjoy!

Abra1d Thu 05-Sep-13 08:05:43

I share your awe! Mine went back on Tuesday, and the little boy of almost five was suddenly a young man in a suit.

Just hope he doesn't enjoy the freedom of the common room too much and gets on with some work during 'free' periods.

Horsemad Thu 05-Sep-13 09:08:51

It goes so quickly doesn't it Abra?

I can't get my head round the fact that if all goes to plan, he'll be off to uni in 2 years!

RussiansOnTheSpree Thu 05-Sep-13 09:28:02

Me too. Well, I didn't wave her off because I'm away in London for work. But I rang this morning to say good luck etc and got growled at (par for the course! grin She's not morning person. Neither am I.)

She's only just 15! Seems so young. But she's really looking forward to it.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 05-Sep-13 09:29:38

Mine's already fed up of hearing about how it will be All Hard Work and Taking Responsibility For Yourself from now on already (went back on Tuesday).

And still getting used to choosing what to wear everyday!

cory Thu 05-Sep-13 09:43:51

Mine too went off for the first time today. She is in a show all week, so will going straight from college into the dressing room- full go from 7 in the morning to 11 at night. Bit of a step up from somebody who has been out of school with chronic pain and anxiety and had only just got back to half days at the end of last term. But she seems quietly confident- even though she does have a rotten cold and was struggling to breathe during the opening performance last night. Shock treatment for health anxiety grin I really do begin to believe we might finally be out of the woods.

Abra1d Thu 05-Sep-13 10:28:39

I sometimes think that a bit of a shock to the body helps it shake things off, cory.

Needmoresleep Thu 05-Sep-13 10:38:24

I keep seeing mothers taking very very small children to Primary school. One tiny girl was skipping her way to her first day. I felt quite envious.

RussiansOnTheSpree Thu 05-Sep-13 11:22:34

Cory - I think mine will find it challenging to fit all the homework she is going to get in with her current schedule - she has show rehearsals every Sunday afternoon (all afternoon) until half term, rehearsals for a couple of things where she will be in the pit orchestra, and some individual performances lined up all before November. And of course there's practice. I think what she calls her 'star trek time' will have to be drastically reduced. Possibly to zero. I also think its a Good Thing she has finished GoT (twice) over the summer because I don't think she will have time for recreational reading till probably December. Luckily she loves all the subjects she is doing and doesn't regard doing shitloads of 'extra' work for them as a chore - a couple of her teachers used her as an example in induction week of the level of effort and 'extra mile-osity' (that;s DEFINITELY a word) that they will now be expecting from everyone. So at least she is unlikely to experience culture shock in terms of what's required - but it will be demanded now rather than her choice, which might take a bit of getting used to.

If she complains at all though I'll just point to her little sister - she is in all the same shows as DD1 and she's doing the same number of music exams this term PLUS she has panto rehearsals and a ballet exam. So DD1 can't really complain - most of us don't get the amount of 'star trek time' we'd like in this life! grin

MrsDavidBowie Thu 05-Sep-13 11:27:20

Yes mine went back on Tuesday and is fed up of endless assemblies. No lessons this week.
And the drama of what to wear every day!

RussiansOnTheSpree Thu 05-Sep-13 11:30:19

Also, Cory - I'm so pleased your DD is on the road to recovery now. She must be an exceptional young woman to have coped with all the challenges she's had. smile

RussiansOnTheSpree Thu 05-Sep-13 11:31:48

My DD is just waiting for the cold weather. She has a vast selection of BIG WARM uniform compliant jumpers and cardigans she can't wait to wear. She reckons this will be the first time ever she hasn't been in danger of hypothermia at school! grin I'm quite jealous. And also now several jumpers light in my own wardrobe since she's pinched them all!

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 05-Sep-13 11:34:01

Mine's saving up for a furry-collared coat in Urban Outfitters - I just hope she gets there before the first snow grin

RussiansOnTheSpree Thu 05-Sep-13 11:36:14

Mine has pinched my navy hooded Roxy coat. It's all lovely and fluffy inside. It's the warmest coat I've ever had. And she claimed it. sad

This of course means I'm free to buy a replacement from UO when I'm in NYC next week, so it's an ill wind.....grin

Although I do sometimes wonder whether I am, in fact, too gimmery for UO now. sad

RussiansOnTheSpree Thu 05-Sep-13 11:36:32

Next month not next week. Wishful thinking.

HormonalHousewife Thu 05-Sep-13 11:38:30

I had the same thought on Monday.

Those years have just flown by, never to come by again.

On the clothing front, thankfully she has to wear a business suit as uniform so the angst of what to wear everyday is removed. That said finding the 'right' suit was problematic in itself.

RussiansOnTheSpree Thu 05-Sep-13 11:42:17

I think schools that demand 'business suits' for girls are nuts. Many of the girls (eg my DD) wouldn't be able to find ones that fitted them. And in the actual business world most female executives don't wear suits! I don't think I have seen one woman in my office wearing a suit this morning except for the receptionists who are forced to, it's their uniform.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 05-Sep-13 11:47:26

Daughter making the most today of what looks like being the last of summer in a ludicrously short skirt, but it's very pretty and flippy, and actually she looks really nice. I just hope she is the last to walk up any flights of stairs.

I like lots of things in UO, but also suspect I am too old for it.

Oh and to an earlier post - I too keep feeling pangs of envy at mums walking little be-plaited and gingham-ed girls to school!

RussiansOnTheSpree Thu 05-Sep-13 11:49:26

I love UO. But their winter clothes are less screaminginly edgy than their summer ones, for sure!

HormonalHousewife Thu 05-Sep-13 11:50:40

Exactly Russians

Try finding a flattering suit for a size 6 who moans that their stomach and waist is sooo tiny that that these flipping trousers wont stay up envy

DH ended up asking all the young and well dressed women (who all wear suits btw) where they shop.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 05-Sep-13 11:52:06

Yes, I love the blouses with the lacy collars, and there's a nice little black and white skirt I like, too. It is my and the dd's conclusion that only in very exceptional circs does anything in UO cost anything other than £48.

(shit, we are meant to be talking about sixth formers, not shopping. This is where I go wrong as a mother).

RussiansOnTheSpree Thu 05-Sep-13 11:54:42

Nit We need a Changegear.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 05-Sep-13 12:00:25

Our dds would now be in the sixth with 'that dreary lot' (Ann Marlow and Gina French), not doing pot and not being interesting to Miranda. That's quite a thought.

mumslife Thu 05-Sep-13 12:44:07

My dd started sixth form tuesday and is enjoying choosing what to wear but is feeling extremely hot as everything has to black grey or navy phew They were allowed to go ten minutes eary yesterday as really hot and sixth form classrooms very small and couldnt open windows.
Re short skirt skirts dresses etc have to be no shorter than three inches above the knee
Three and a half hours homework last night second day in .
Already have requests for more folders copies of set books etc etc
The thing I have been amazed about more than anything is how independent the learning is at her scholl the onis is all on her - not a problem but think it could be for some they dont seem to mind if you do the work or you dont certainly dont check but am guessing once start essays they will be wanting them in for marking

Abra1d Thu 05-Sep-13 13:22:23

Is Changegear a clothing shop or something you can apply to a 16-year old's brain after the summer holiday to make them a bit more, erm, active?

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