In a swirl of rainbow glory Kaelan and his friends finished being Prep students today.
His school sure does know how to celebrate milestones. This graduation ceremony was simple, colourful and very very special. The area was prepared: in this case the bridge that links the Prep to the Primary was the chosen space for the ceremony.
The children were symbolically ‘crossing the waters’ into that grown-up space that is the big school.
They would be leaving by boat (marked out simply with a rope) and their teachers quietly and lovingly brought them in and settled them in before singing them a tearful farewell song.
They set sail, accompanied by the Class Sevens, who tomorrow will themselves be beginning a new life journey as leave Primary School and prepare for High School. Both groups of children eagerly, yet nervously, leaving behind them what is known and loved and stepping into the unknown and inevitable future.
You can see my little man in the red cape at the back.
With the Class Seven guardians helping to steer, their new Class One teacher captained the boat and guided everyone safely across the waters and into Primary, where a story, some practice at desk work and a game completed the transition.
Congratulations, Class One Boy! You reached the other side 🙂