Posted by: powellsinsantacruz | February 6, 2012

First day of school!

Chloe starts school tomorrow. It will be her very first day of school. She is embarking on her educational voyage. Maybe the more I say it, the more it will actually sink in. It’s going to be nervewracking, emotional, a totally new experience, challenging… for us. Chloe herself can’t wait. She tried her uniform on today and was upset that she wasn’t going to school right then.

She is starting Nidito (nursery) in my school. She’ll go every morning from 8 till 12. It’s more formal than nurseries in the UK, the setup is much more like a classroom and I think the teaching style is more geared that way too. As its an International school the children will all be starting to learn English, but will speak Spanish with each other. Chloe’s English is fairly strong, so in many ways she will learn more from the playtimes and through talking to the other children in Spanish.

For the first time I find myself approaching the parent-teacher conference from the other side of the table. Will I be a pushy parent; will I want to know what progress has been made in the skill of cutting out? Will I be able to stop myself popping in every five minutes when I walk past the door of her classroom?

The nature of my school also means that this could possibly be her first day of 15 years in the same school with at least some of the same classmates. The school only has one class per year, but has classes all the way from nidito to 12th grade (Sixth form). In the last class that graduated (finished 12th grade) nearly half of the students had been there since nursery. To me that seems crazy! Nearly all the students who graduate go on to study in America, and this makes us wonder what would happen if Chloe wants to do the same?

Now you may think we are getting slightly ahead of ourselves here, its just the first day of school isn’t it?

When did this...


...turn into this?

 At the end of the day though, all we really want is for her to be happy at school. Lets hope its a good first day.



  1. ok, that made ME go a bit teary (not as much as Roz though I think!!!) Well done little Chloe!! You look like a very grown-up girl in your school uniform!

  2. Oh, also I meant to mention the fact that you say her English is “fairly” strong. Fairly????? I would say her English in excellent and her Spanish is fairly good.

  3. Dear Chloe,
    We love you in your new uniform and are glad that you enjoyed your first day is school. It seems such a short time ago that we were holding you in our arms and now you are getting so grown up. We are very proud of you.
    God bless you. Lots and lots of love.
    Grandma and Grandad.

  4. Dear Chloe, I love your uniform, you look so tall and smart. I hope you are having lots of fun and games. It’s nice that you have got Daddy nearby. We all love you loads, from Granny, U.Pete,A.Vicki, big U.John,A.Mim, A.Ju and U.Nick, xxxxxxx

  5. Dear Ben, Roz, Chloe and Evie
    This is Guy saying hope Nadito was good, I would love to be in Nadito! You get to do lot of cutting and sticking and junk modelling. Maybe Chloe will to! Well done Chloe you look so grown up thinking of you all.

    • Thank you everyone for your comments for Chloe, they have been passed on! She had a great first week- painting, cutting, sticking, colouring, playing and crawling under big plastic rainbows! Bring on next week!

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