Tuesday, 22 December 2009
One of my least favourite school activities is the Final Year Assembly - the kids sing funny christmassy songs, the teachers say nice stuff, other people get thanked and it's all fine and dandy (if a little long) EXCEPT for the grade 2 kids 'graduation' ceremony thing which I just can't abide by. Ok so the school only goes up to grade 2 and the eldest kids are going on to different schools which a big event but this whole graduation thing (which ALL the parents and other kids have to watch) really leaves me squirming - as it seems completely over the top for what is a small milestone on their educational pathway. Anyway this overly long assembly means I'm generally unpleasantly derisive of the whole thing much to the annoyance my good-cheered fellow audience members (i.e. Denny and Jon) and I walk away feeling like the biggest scrooge in the land and they walk away thoroughly sick of me and my bad attitude.
Today however I'm feeling a slight bit of redemption having read this article in the SMH. Maybe the author can be my new best friend and we can send our kids to the same school and mutter obnoxious comments under our breaths at the back of the audience together and be thoroughly disliked by everyone else. Except of course when our kids are graduating and we will insist on them receiving every bit of the fanfare the previous years kids have had..