Primary School ethics were, in effect, a horror story.
I was so pleased when that chapter of Ellies life finished.
Ain't ever going to butter history up on that score.
Can't say id scrap it with paper flowers and dazzling colours either - I'll leave that interpretation to Ellie.
So, with the Secondary School story having started, I knew I was going to meet it with some intrepidation.
I had to prepare myself for this new adventure as much as Ellie becuase, when it boils down to it, I am going to be the one to catch her IF she falls.
My goals to this end are:
I want to be able to build a relationship with he school that involved our feelings and knowledge about Ellie.
I wanted to express our concerns without judgment and I wanted to to discuss how Ellies life at home affects her school life. But how to convey that without sounding I was an over-protective momma (in the extreme) was really tricky for me to get to grips with.
I have been biting my nails all week how to deal with it.
That moment came this morning when I met Belle's head of year.
Before I started to relay this big issue - she actually interrupted and started the conversation with this:
We are here for both Ellie,you and your husband. Your input helps us and our guidance helps you. We have identified lots of Ellies needs and this is the course of action we are going to take, We think this should happen and that should happen and we would like your feedback. If there is anything you you think we might need to change or introduce, let us know in the first instant.
What could I add to that?
It was the first ever glimmer of hope and help we have EVER received from any authority.
I swear they must read my blog because that little nugget came out of nowhere.
Isnt it fantastic?
Real, live, proactive care and support for lil Belle that I DIDNT ask for.
Perhaps now is the time to do that wedgy dance - yahooooooooooooooooo.
**Pic of Belle's sandy fingers at sunset in Menorca - random, I know**
Belle has a brand new friend.
They have been buddied together becuase they both receive the same type of support (I love that word, its so brand new!)
Beth is a lil lady who has cerebral palsy.
And Ellie thinks she is magic.
And Beth thins Belle is pretty cool to, by all accounts.
They have access to a "secret" room to chill out at break time and lunch time.
Both of the girls can't cope with crowds and have been given the chance to enjoy their cafetria lunch in there too.
In this room they have access to computer games (educational, of course), books and respite.
Its also where belle will receive extra tuition as she can't do Phys Ed.
Belle has become the Dominoes master already and has been awarded a prize pen and stamps in her achievement book.
This feels like how it should have been in primary, this is all new to both Ellie and I.
Its a brilliant feeling.
This is going to be so good for Belles confidence and my self worth.
Today, life is reeeeeally good.