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Ds2 got a certificate in assembly

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elliejjtiny Sat 20-Apr-13 09:42:03


DS2 is nearly 5, in reception. He has EDS with his biggest problem being extreme hypermobility but because of this he gets very tired, uses a wheelchair most of the time, antisocial, continence issues because although he knows when he needs to go he often can't get there in time etc etc.

At school they have certificates presented in assembly every friday and parents are invited to come and watch. One of the teachers takes a photo of each child with their certificate and posts it on the school website. For perspective, DS1 (year 2) usually gets 2 a term which is about average for his year. The younger ones tend to get them more often, the older ones less.

DS2 got his first certificate today, for joining in in the phonics lesson. When the headmaster called his name he refused to come up to the front and sat there on the TA's lap (all the children with hypermobility are supposed to sit on a bench together with the TA's but DS2 just cries until one of them takes pity on him and lets him sit on one of their laps) so the headmaster had to come to him. He let the TA take him to the entrance hall though and got his photo taken. He's got a huge grin on his face and his hair on end from where they took his ear defenders off for the photo. I'm just so proud of him.

DS1 is one of those children who does really well as long as he works hard but DS2 just struggles along, with the teacher saying "don't worry, he's fine" so it was nice to see him get some recognition for his hard work.

Just realised that was a very long post about something fairly insignificant but I wanted to share with people who would understand that while this is a minor thing for most children in the school, it's a huge thing for DS2.

Sunnymeg Sat 20-Apr-13 10:06:22

It's not insignificant though, it's an important moment for you and your family. Our DS' s first certificate is still on display in his bedroom[smile and it's seven years old now!

PolterGoose Sat 20-Apr-13 10:13:42

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NoHaudinMaWheest Sat 20-Apr-13 10:27:07

Yes it is significant and really great for your Ds (and you).

auntevil Sat 20-Apr-13 10:27:29

It 's very important Ellie. This one certificate could add oodles to DS2s self esteem and confidence.
Anything that makes our children find school more accepting makes going to school easier and doing the work more worthwhile affects our lives too. Our DCs are at school for so many of their waking hours, that if they find this environment harsh, their lives are harsh.
Well done to DS2 too for getting the certificate.

Strongecoffeeismydrug Sat 20-Apr-13 11:14:46

Aww bless smile .we still have DS first certificate on display in the kitchen.
When he got that he was totally oblivious as to why it was given and totally didn't want to get it ect but it was a huge moment for me as it ment other parents could see he wasn't just this tazmanian devil of a child who took up all the teachers time ,it showed them he was just a child like everyone else's and he could achieve things just like theirs could .
Fast forward 3 years and he points out his certificate to people who come to the house and tells them he got it for being fab lol

moondog Sat 20-Apr-13 11:28:36

Hugely significant and fantastic that the staff seem to have filled you in carefully on all the details.

Dinkysmummy Sat 20-Apr-13 12:17:25

That's fantastic! grin

and it is very important... I remember when dd got terrific tigger.

elliejjtiny Sat 20-Apr-13 12:42:51

Thanks everyone and I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks this is a big deal. I felt like I was overreacting a bit when I was sat there with a massive grin on my face while most of the other mums were moaning about missing their pre school pick up fag and gossip. One of the other mums did come up to me and say that DS2 did well and reassured me that DS3 wasn't that loud when he decided he wanted to go and sit with DS1 and got cross when I wouldn't let him blush.

EllenJanesthickerknickers Sat 20-Apr-13 14:09:31

Aw, lovely. Well done DS2 (and DS3 for not being too loud grin )

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