The Changing Faces of Primary Life

If you read my previous post, you will be aware that my beautiful daughter will be leaving her beloved Primary School at the end of this week. The Tween doesn’t really do change very well and if completely honest, neither do I….

When my eldest daughter left the same school 2 years ago, I spent the entire final term feeling deeply nostalgic and somewhat sentimental at every farewell event.  To this day I do not know how this torrent of emotions crept up on me, ‘The Stone’ (for which I’m affectionately known), but it did.

Somehow, this time it’s different; probably because we’ve done it once already. There are obvious downsides to being the middle child, but on this occasion I think it’s worked out well for The Tween  – her sister has walked these paths already. 

I was riffling through our study drawers yesterday – the place where everything gets discarded just in case one day we need it – when I came across all of her old Primary School photos, from Reception right through to Year 6:


I spent a good while comparing them, looking at how much she had changed – the large, round innocent eyes in the first photo, through to the slightly more ‘knowing’ look of the pre-teen.  I wonder how much she will change over the next 6 years, as she embarks on this exciting new venture – Year 7 and the big wide world of Secondary School – a steep learning curve from what I recall!

This is my entry for The Gallery over at The Sticky Fingers blog.  
The theme this week is ‘From the Archives’
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38 Comments on The Changing Faces of Primary Life

    • Suzanne Whitton
      July 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm (2 years ago)

      You can rest assured that I’ll keep you all updated on how things are going!

      Reply
  1. Mama Macfennell
    July 17, 2013 at 7:54 am (2 years ago)

    What I love about these photos is the family group = they look genuinely close and I love her brother’s protective arm. I’m sure she will make that transition more smoothly with such a supportive family behind her. Helen

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    • Suzanne Whitton
      July 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm (2 years ago)

      I wish I could say they are genuinely close and protective of one another – all I can say is, they put on a good show! Thanks for your lovely comment :)

      Reply
  2. notmyyearoff
    July 17, 2013 at 8:30 am (2 years ago)

    Awww really lovely photos – she has gorgeous locks but the plaits are so cute :)

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    • Suzanne Whitton
      July 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm (2 years ago)

      I think the plaits one is the cutest too ;)

      Reply
  3. Orli D
    July 17, 2013 at 8:36 am (2 years ago)

    Ohhhhhh… So cute. And totally makes me happy I still have 3 years to go in primary school before I have to go through this!

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    • Suzanne Whitton
      July 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm (2 years ago)

      My youngest still has 3 years left too – phew!

      Reply
  4. Jess McGlynn
    July 17, 2013 at 8:40 am (2 years ago)

    How lovely!! I hope she takes it all in her stride come September :)

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    • Suzanne Whitton
      July 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks for doing it for me! I will pop over and take a look :)

      Reply
  5. Sarahmumof3
    July 17, 2013 at 10:39 am (2 years ago)

    aww how nice to set them all side by side like that I hope she enjoys her new school :)

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    • Suzanne Whitton
      July 19, 2013 at 10:35 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Sarah, it’s going to be a steep learning curve but exciting times are ahead :)

      Reply
  6. Herding Cats
    July 17, 2013 at 10:40 am (2 years ago)

    Wonderful post. What beautiful children you have. I’m finding the transition from infants to juniors difficult enough.

    Herding Cats

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    • Suzanne Whitton
      July 19, 2013 at 10:35 am (2 years ago)

      I think each new milestone is difficult. Hang in there!

      Reply
  7. sarah
    July 17, 2013 at 10:47 am (2 years ago)

    oh my look at her cuteness in her recption photo! exciting new world she is heading into!!

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    • Suzanne Whitton
      July 19, 2013 at 10:44 am (2 years ago)

      Butter wouldn’t melt huh? Do not be fooled!

      Reply
  8. mummymakescakes
    July 17, 2013 at 11:23 am (2 years ago)

    Lovely to see how they grow up – popping over from the gallery x

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    • Suzanne Whitton
      July 19, 2013 at 10:45 am (2 years ago)

      Isn’t it just. Thanks for commenting :) x

      Reply
  9. Emily Foran
    July 17, 2013 at 11:57 am (2 years ago)

    What a wonderful idea for your Gallery post, what a change and it happens so fast!!
    Wishing her all the best for her exciting new phase! xx

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    • Suzanne Whitton
      July 19, 2013 at 10:44 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Emily. You only really notice the changes when they’re put side by side like this, don’t you?

      Reply
  10. Lou's Lake Views
    July 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Such lovely photos, she’s changing quite gradually year after year but I think the change will be more dramatic next year. Good luck with the transition into secondary school

    Reply
  11. Plum
    July 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm (2 years ago)

    That’s why I love school photos – the same time each year, the same staging/ background. It means you really can see the change year on year and them developing as a person. Good luck to her in September. x

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  12. SarahMummy
    July 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm (2 years ago)

    What gorgeous photos! It’s amazing how much they change from one year to the next, let alone from reception to yr6. Good luck to you all for the big change. X

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  13. Jacq
    July 17, 2013 at 5:00 pm (2 years ago)

    We have our eldest heading off to Secondary in September too. Sometimes I feel okay about it, some times I’m excited, and other times I’m terrified for her!

    Reply
  14. Tori Wel
    July 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm (2 years ago)

    What lovely photos, ones to treasure and really great to see how she has progressed over the years xx

    Reply
  15. Gailann Houston
    July 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Beautiful post and photos, they really do change so much throughout their childhood. Lovely that you have the photos to show how much.

    Reply
  16. The Organised Penguin
    July 17, 2013 at 9:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the idea of comparing them throughout the years! Beautiful photos!

    Reply
  17. Jaime Oliver
    July 18, 2013 at 12:43 am (2 years ago)

    Suzanne this is such a really lovely way of seeing the changes xx

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  18. Sara Murray
    July 19, 2013 at 2:11 am (2 years ago)

    What a lovely set of photos. We have something similar for our three, and I love looking at the photos together to see how they’ve changed x

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  19. gina caro
    July 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm (2 years ago)

    How lovely that you’ve got those photos to see how she has changed over the years. x #PoCoLo

    Reply
  20. Xandi | The Mummy Scripts
    July 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Adorable!! she really looks like you! Photos are so amazing, aren’t they? You can see just how much she has grown up since Reception. Precious collage :-) x

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  21. Amy Ransom
    July 20, 2013 at 11:07 am (2 years ago)

    I love that you have created a gallery of how she’s developed. A great idea and one that I will pinch when Beaver starts Reception in September. I really love following your posts – as you’re just ahead of me on the curve. Also always intrigued with the dynamic of three as the jury’s still out on that one! What are the ‘obvious downsides’ to being the middle child? Do you really believe that or is it a myth we all adopt? x

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  22. Margot tries the good life
    July 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm (2 years ago)

    Ooh you must be gobsmacked that she has grown up so much! Primrose starts Reception in Sept and I still can’t understand where the time has gone! Lovely that you have all those photos to mark each primary year. xx

    Reply
  23. Tori Wel
    July 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Back to confirm that I will share for PoCoLo xx

    Reply
  24. Older Mum
    July 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the story told in these pictures. Very best of luck to her when she starts big-big school! X.

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  25. Older Mum
    July 25, 2013 at 5:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the story these photos tell. Very best of luck to her when she starts big-big school! X.

    Reply

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