Who has little people starting school this September? And who has been on the ball and has already bought all the school uniform?
For once, I haven’t left it to the very last minute. And you know what? It feels good.
I started off back in May, when we’d definitely got her place and had had all the confirmations. There was a uniform sale at the school so I popped along with Roo, enthusiastically brandishing my chequebook, and we had a look and tried some on. But once we got there, we were both a bit daunted; there was so much to choose from. Three different types of pull-over, fleeces, cardigans, t-shirts and a PE kit, all emblazoned with the school logo. A kindly mum, who I think probably had a child already in the school, took pity on me and my fractious daughter, and suggested we just buy a cardigan, book bag, and PE t-shirt to start with, and buy the rest generically. I was pretty pleased with that tip: monogrammed school uniform is not easy on the wallet.
After that, I left it, and made very loose plans to go with a friend in the summer holidays. More along the lines of, wouldn’t it be nice (read: easier on the mums) to go along together and pick up the dresses, polo shirts, and shoes. The girls can get excited together, and then we can all go for a milkshake. We thought that might be a nice way to get the girls interested in their new schoolwear, and there are hundreds of places on the high street to buy your school uniform.
But in the end, that didn’t happen, and won’t now, as next week they are on holiday, and then it’s the last week of the school holidays. I’ve bought her school shoes (smart black t-bars) and today I picked up the last of it – some black leggings she’ll wear with a t-shirt for PE.
All that is left to do is wash it all and sew in the name tapes, and count down the last few days of her early years.
If your little people are starting infant or primary school this year, I’d love to hear how you are feeling about it?
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