As I mentioned on my last post we’re in the midst of trying to figure out where to send Squidge to school. One of the things I am doing in the hopes of increasing her chances of getting into school #1 is volunteering at the toddler group associated with school #1. I enjoy it, I make tea, chat with some of the mums, laugh at the children, clean up, make more tea, clean up some more… all in all not bad. Today I was chatting w/ a mum I know from another baby group we used to both attend. Her daughter is the same age as Squidge and she now has a little boy. The question of school came up, of course. I mentioned my issues w/ my local school and how I wasnt’ sure what we were going to do. So she tells me that I shouldn’t dismiss the crappy local school because all the kids might be nasty little shits with parents who can’t be bothered to parent at others schools too. Weeeeheeeeeeeeehell! I wanted to pop her in the head I was so angry. She lives across the street from one of the best schools in the city according to OFSTED. A school w/ so many eager, intelligent, educated, well informed parents that they can’t help but do well. I have seen how the children at my local school behave. I have seen the parents and I KNOW what I know. I know that the local school will spend more time and energy on the squeaky wheel. I know that my daughter, who we believe is highly intelligent and clever beyond her years, will end up being average. Will her inquisitiveness be nurtured? Will she be listened to when she notices something or says something clever? Probably not as they’ll be too busy ‘teaching’ the kids w/ froot shoots running through their veins. The ones that can barely get to school in the morning because they stayed up passed 11. Don’t effing tell me I should take a chance on the school because you don’t think it’s that bad. I don’t see you trying to get your kid into the school. What I do see is someone who bought a house across the street from an excellent school w/ an eye to getting your kids into the school. So thank you very much for your kind words and your advice but I hope it doesn’t offend you if I tell you to stick it!
When I got home from the toddler group and told Wal what had happened he just smiled, really what else could he do?!?! He reminded me that we’re moving. He reminded me that things might change. He reminded me that in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter and I shouldn’t get soo stressed out. I know he’s right. So I’m having a cup of tea and taking some deep breathes. I’m reminding myself that all that matters is my pod. That giving this little girl the best possible start and opportunities is what matters.