Embracing the last year of junior school: A rollercoaster of emotions

last year of junior school

As a parent, every stage of your child’s education journey brings a unique set of emotions. Each milestone is a step closer to independence, growth, and a bright future. But when your child steps into Year 6, the last year of junior school, it’s a time filled with a whirlwind of feelings that are both heartwarming and a bit bittersweet. This is most definitely what I have been feeling the last week as my daughter steps into the big shoes of being a Year 6 student and prepares for her journey into senior/high school.

Today I wanted to share with you some of the emotions I’ve been feeling as my daughter started the last year of junior school last week.

1. Excitement – a big adventure and milestone for her

The journey begins with excitement. Year 6 is a significant adventure for your child. They are now the seniors of the junior school, and the responsibilities and privileges that come with it are exhilarating. It’s a year where they will grow not only academically but also personally. Seeing your child embark on this journey is a source of pride and joy.

2. Nostalgia – growing up so fast

As your child ventures into Year 6, it’s impossible not to feel a sense of nostalgia. It feels like just yesterday they were starting reception, and now they’re about to complete their junior school journey. It’s absolutely CRAZY how fast time flies (makes you feel old too mum eh?!). Reflecting on how far they’ve come and how much they’ve grown, you can’t help but think about the cherished memories of their early school years and how it’s flown by in the blink of an eye.

3. Trepidation – What would the new year bring?

Year 6 also comes with a dose of trepidation. What challenges will the new school year bring? For many Year 6 students, it includes a residential camp (ours is next week!), SATS exams, looking around and applying for secondary schools (don’t miss our tips on that here), and a host of new responsibilities. As a parent, you can’t help but worry about how your child will handle these challenges. However, you also know that these experiences will help them build resilience and character and that you have to just go with it and not let yourself get in the way!

4. Emotional – getting ready for senior school!

Year 6 is a time when your little baby is not so little anymore. Emotions run high as you watch them transition into young adults (and yes all those hormones to look forward to!). They’re getting ready for senior school, and it’s hard to believe how quickly time has passed. The emotional journey can be overwhelming, from feeling proud of their growth to a touch of sadness that they’re no longer the young children you once held in your arms. No more running out of the classroom to give you a hug and not to mention starting to walk to and from school by themselves!

5. Relieved – now the moment was here

The tension leading up to Year 6 is undeniable. With SATS exams, high expectations, and the anticipation of changes in the next academic year, relief floods in as the moment finally arrives and they are off to school for the first day of their last year. It’s as if a weight has been lifted, and you can now focus on supporting your child through this crucial year and also making time for you!

6. Proud – after a tough summer

This summer had been particularly tough for us. My dad had passed away from cancer, my mum was being treated for her cancer and then we also had a major health scare on the other side of the family. Too much for one family, I think you’ll agree! Despite all of this, my daughter bounced back and the feeling of pride I felt swelled as I saw how determined she was to succeed. I know she’s ready to tackle the challenges ahead with resilience and a can-do attitude.

7. Gratitude – for all she is and has become

Gratitude fills your heart as you reflect on the wonderful person your child is becoming. You’re thankful for their growth, the experiences they’ve had, and the unwavering support of their teachers and friends. Year 6 is a year to cherish, a year of lasts, and I for one am grateful for the opportunity to witness my daughter’s journey as I’m sure you will be too.

8. Hopeful – for the new school year ahead

Year 6 is not just an end but also a beginning. As your child prepares to enter senior school, hope fills the air. You’re hopeful that the foundation they’ve received in junior school will serve as a strong platform for their future academic and personal growth. The possibilities seem endless, and you’re excited about the new school year ahead. And hopefully they are too!

9. Sentimental – could we really be going into the last year?

Lastly, there’s a hint of sentimentality that lingers. Could it be that this is truly the last year of junior school? It’s a question that tugs at your heartstrings. I had to pinch myself numerous times! You want to savour every moment, capture memories, and make this year as special as possible.

Year 6 is a year filled with a myriad of emotions for both parents and children alike. It’s a significant milestone in your child’s education journey, one that marks the transition from junior to senior school. As a parent, you’ll experience excitement, nostalgia, trepidation, and a whirlwind of emotions. However, with each emotion comes the understanding that your child is growing, learning, and evolving into a remarkable individual. Embrace the journey, cherish the moments, and look forward to the promising path ahead.

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