Tuesday saw us at Oscar’s school – St Edmund’s – for its annual Big Night In.
This is an annual event when parents of the students meet with their child’s homeroom teacher to hear about the curriculum and various routines and other matters of classroom business.
Then there are two sessions when you can go and hear about what is happening in a specific subject area, be that technology, woodwork, work placement and so on.
Then there are drinks and nibbles and then a sit-down dinner with some speeches but really, just the chance to meet (in the instance of the Year 7 families for the first time) the other parents in the class and your child’s teacher in a less formal arena.
One family runs a mobile pizza business so they donated their services, another has a yoghurt business so they donated mini tubs of yoghurt for dessert while another parent sourced all the wine. Families brought in salads for each of the tables and other slices to go with tea and coffee.
Each table was decorated with balloons – Year 7 tables had purple, which seems so appropriate as it’s Oscar’s favourite colour.
I know you all know exactly what this night was like.
A night full of wonderful wonderful families, all basking in the knowledge of this remarkable treasure that is this school for their special kids. Families willing to give and give some more – be that time, be that their skills, be that whatever is needed – to ensure this remarkable place keeps on for children well into the future.
I can safely say I have never ever felt a part of something so special. The support I had from all of you through Oscar’s surgeries last year comes a very close second. In fact, probably equal billing. And actually it is a tie with the donations that have come in for Team Oscar.
I’ve been trying to write this post all week but you know what, I guess I just have no words. Just a deep deep gratitude, love, appreciation and absolute treasuring of what we have in our life.
No words. Just thanks.