I’m not the greatest sleeper but lately I’ve been losing sleep over things happening at my kid’s school.
My daughter has moved into Primary 4 and for her it’s a big step.
She’s in a different school building; the same one as my son who is now in Primary 6.
With moving comes more expectations, a different uniform, sports teams and fixtures, changing rooms and heavy things to carry.
I’m protective of both my kids but especially my daughter since I looked after her at home from an early age.
And it’s taking its toll on me at the moment.
Usually the children take their sports kit in at the beginning of the week and it comes home on a Friday.
The sports bag they have is huge and both my kids find it hard to carry.
My daughter’s changing room is up two flights of steps so I thought it would be easier if I helped her take it to the top of the building.
That was a big mistake.
I got a rude email from the school “reminding” me that parents aren’t allowed in school buildings.
It took me aback, particularly as I didn’t know that was the policy.
Supposedly it’s to encourage the children’s independence.
Now I have to watch my daughter struggle up the stairs, practically dragging the bag behind her.
It might sound silly but I’ve been losing sleep about her falling down the stairs or tripping someone up with her bag.
Another issue that my daughter faces is getting changed for Games and PE.
The school mentioned in passing that she’s taking up to 10 minutes longer than all the other children.
What they end up doing is leaving her on her own in the changing rooms and taking the rest of the class outside.
She then finishes up and makes her way down two flights of steps to join the group.
What didn’t help me with losing sleep is that they mentioned they forgot about her in the changing rooms the other day.
It worries me that it puts her in a vulnerable position should there be a fire or if she has an accident.
Having raised this with the school, they insist it won’t be an issue as someone would check the changing rooms if there was a fire.
I still feel that isolating an eight-year-old like this isn’t the way to go.
I understand that they have to balance the needs of my daughter with the rest of her class.
But it still doesn’t feel right to me.
Cold And Unwelcoming
My perception of the school is that it’s become a much colder and unwelcoming place over the past 18 months.
Maybe that’s exacerbated by some of the issues my daughter may or may not have.
It feels like she’s an inconvenience rather than an accepted part of the community.
My son also seems to be less happy than he once was there.
The trouble is we’re a captive audience because my wife also works at the school, albeit with an older age group.
I can only hope that things improve at the school over the next year.
Or we’ll find a way of getting out of Scotland.