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#1 AMPSyd

Posted 28 December 2006 - 06:42 PM

I think I am going to sound really goofy wih this question ...
but - has anyone found it hard to say goodbye to their childs school teacher - that a kind of classroom bond developed and moving on is hard.

I am silly but DS's teacher this year was simply wonderful and an inspirational person, caring, always smiling, always ready to answer my very silly questions about DS without making me feel stupid, a simply wonderful person. I just cried my eyes out on the last day of school - well at night at home - because it was like saying goodbye to a good friend. DS was in Prep (NSW) so we went into the classroom to drop off/ pick up to sign the register - and she would always try and make eye contact if possible even if she couldn't actually talk.

Do teachers find it hard on the last days of school. I know this teacher uses a spare room to cry when the end of the year draws near as she will miss the kids. She has told me this.

This was a ramble and probably really silly but I needed to post anyway.

#2 JKTMum

Posted 29 December 2006 - 01:21 PM

My kids go to a midsized Catholic school (around 450 kids, more next year though). I've found all their teachers great so far, but I dont get weepy when they move classes as the teachers are mainly still there (just not teaching my kids) and I know if I ever needed to I could go and discuss things with them.

Our school has a low teacher turnover, many have been there for years. A friend of mine has two children, in grade 2 and 4 next year, yet she still asks advice from the Prep teacher all our kids have had. I was alittle sad when I found out at the end of this year that the teacher will be teaching grade 1 & 2 next year, so DD2 most likely wont have her for Prep when she starts the following year, but as I said she will still be teaching there and we'll still chat when we see each other across the courtyard. She keeps an eye on all the kids she has taught over the years and remembers all their siblings names.

I will admit getting very sentimental when DD2 finished 3 year old kinder this year. Her teacher also taught DD1 in 3 year old kinder and DS in 4 year old kinder, so we are very attached to her. DD2 was actually born during DS's kinder year, so this teacher has known her from day 1. I made her a little scrapbook album with photos from each child's kinder year, a current photo, some poems about kinder teachers and a thankyou letter. I had her in tears within the first 5 minutes of the last session. She takes about 4 or 5 groups for 3 year old kinder each year (some come for one session per week, some two) and says it's always hard for her on the last day, but she is always so proud of how far the kids have come in that year and know that they are ready for bigger challenges. She always thanks the parents for entrusting their kids to her.  smile1.gif

#3 busymummy2two

Posted 29 December 2006 - 10:21 PM

I am a teacher and let me tell you I CRY at the end of each year!! This year was exceptionally difficult as I taught Prep for the first time and was leaving the school after 10 years! My only school that I have worked in! It was not just a job but more a family that I was leaving! My tears started on the second last day when five different delivery of flowers arrived from a variety of families. Some from when I taught their children 8 years ago!! That was touching!! The last day at our final assembly I created a powerpoint show of my Grade Preps over the year to the song - Over the rainbow! Many, many tears flowed!! Also I wrote a thank you letter to the school and asked the school captains to read out as I could not talk! My letter started with something like ...if *** and *** are reading this it is because Mrs. **** is being a sook!!This received a laugh as it was very, very emotional! To be truthful and I will brag a little some of the Grade 5 and 6 boys were crying which made me cry even more as I had not taught them since they were in Gr. 1/2.
Many parents came to say goodbye with lots of tears and trully it does make you feel important and appreciated!!I formed many friendships with lots of parents over the years! (I also didn't form friendships with parents LOL) I guess my farewell was quite emotional to say the least! I am moving to a new school and not sure how I will react at the end of next year - although I have Prep and my bet is I WILL CRY!!!

#4 AMPSyd

Posted 30 December 2006 - 11:01 AM

Thanks busymummy2two - I now don't feel so goofy. Us mums just get sooky and I guess teachers do as well - well I certainly know that DS's teacher does as well. Good luck with your new school and classes.

I needed to get it out anyway.

Jo.

#5 jutila

Posted 30 December 2006 - 11:49 AM

This is pre-school, not school, but DS's pre-school teacher this year cried on the last day for his group, and again the following day which was the last day for the other group. Apparently she doesn't cry every year but she did this year, twice, much to her embarrassment. And there were plenty of Mums crying too!

#6 mummamia02

Posted 08 January 2007 - 08:19 PM

I'm a preschool teacher, and I cry!! I feel like such a sook, but I really grow to love the children, almost as much as my own!  Just knowing they have to go to big school, they just seem to little!

So I often have a few tears with some of the mums, especially ones that have had older siblings, and they have been with us for a number of years, and their youngest are about to start school, those goodbyes are extra hard!

I have to say, since having my own children I am extra sooky! I didn't cry before I had children! biggrin.gif




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