Super Mum celebrates as kids get back to school
IT'S that time of year where I reminisce about school.
You know, all the good times.
It is mostly to encourage my kids to be excited as they pack their bags and head off to face a new school year.
After all, I'm excited.
I find it hard to contain my excitement that school is back.
And what is not to be excited about?
New pencils, new books, new teachers, a fresh new start and new experiences to be had.
My enthusiasm hasn't spread through to the kids though.
My two headed off this week to start their last year of primary school, and their enthusiasm with clearly lacking.
As current Year 6-ers they will be facing high school a year earlier, thanks to changes in the school system, to come into line with other states.
I don't remember all the details of my last year of primary school, but what I do remember is the good stuff.
It is the year I moved with my family to Queensland and learnt a whole new language.
In Victoria we had school bags, in Queensland it was ports.
In Victoria we had sandshoes, in Queensland it was runners.
In Victoria we had felt pens, in Queensland it was textas.
The learning didn't end there.
It was the year I learnt my best party trick, saying the alphabet backwards.
It was the year I first sang at eisteddfod, and I can still remember the songs we sang.
It was the year I discovered people ate pies with peas, but I never did learn why.
It was the year I discovered the movie Grease, as my classmates and I spent lunchtimes rehearsing scenes for our own entertainment.
It was also the year I met people I am still friends with today.
So that is what I am trying to tell my two - what happens this year may bring lifelong memories.
So to inspire them, and to follow on some skills I learnt in primary school, I'll perform a scene from the sequel to Grease for the kids.
"It's bye bye fun, get your homework done, and better be in bed by 10."
(Or in my kids' case, nine o'clock).
"You gotta go back, back, back to school."