Good morning all, today is the day ! Nick’s big day is finally here – his first day of school ! Now would be the appropriate time to dwell on the loss of his babyhood and toddler years, get emotional and misty-eyed because my firstborn is taking yet another important step towards adulthood and mourn the fact that I will have to let go and give him a little more space to grow than the day before…
Well, I guess I COULD feel that way and am in fact EXPECTED to feel that way but I’ll tell you my little (now about to be very public) secret: I don’t like to live according to other peoples expectations, getting all caught up in mommy drama is not really my style at all, I don’t like wasting precious energy by dwelling on the past and since I really, really like change, I am actually feeling quite happy and excited today. You could even say that I am exhilarated because today is the first day of an important chapter in my son’s life – a chapter, which I myself have loved with complete abandon - school…
These past (almost) seven years, my husband and I have done everything in our power to pass on our love for literature and the arts, for music and dance, science and history, for traveling and new adventures to Nick and luckily for us he loves it all ! He is a happy, charming little boy who is oh so confident in his own abilities, sees the world in the most positive light and has this huge hunger for knowledge. Seeing the sparkle in his eyes today, his pride in his achievements so far and being able to witness his bravery when venturing out into the world and facing a new adventure makes me happy and I could just never be sad on a day like today – I rather consider it my reward for a job well done (so far at least…) !
Honestly, the hardest part about today has been the choice of the right school for our little future world traveler and wanna-be scientist. Munich had only three international schools so far and none of them seemed like quite the right fit for us. Luckily, life has a way of sometimes providing just what you were looking for, completely out of the blue (which is in fact how I met my husband but that is a story for another time )… St. Georges, The English International School will open it’s doors for the first time today and my luckiest little explorer will walk through them and hopefully be grateful for the opportunity.
This will be the fourth chapter for St. George’s and it’s principal, Marietta Horton, who are looking back at 28 years of English private school experience. After first opening it’s doors in Cologne in 1985, St. George’s School now offers a day- and boarding school in Cologne, as well as day schools in Duisburg, Aachen and now Munich. Not only do they offer their pupils access to the National Curriculum of England and Wales, the I/GCSE and A-Level exams, as well as the International Baccalaureate but they are also academically affiliated to one of the oldest, most prestigious universities in the world – the University of Cambridge ! What more can a little book worm (and his mom and dad) dream of, right ?!
Have a great first day of school wherever you are, Bridgee xx
(images: bridgee for littlestarblog)