I am in awe of my daughter and her classmates.
A simple statement, maybe… but this week, they have done something they should feel so proud of. Our school is currently in consultation for closure. As part of the consultation process, the staff, governors and school council have attended virtual meetings to ask questions about the process. It’s a tense time with a huge amount of pressure.
The governor’s meeting was tense and not very satisfying. In fact, it seemed that all our questions were being deflected, and if we received an answer, it was unclear… By the time the school council’s turn came around, we still had unanswered questions.
I wasn’t able to witness the meetings between the children and the council, but a positively beaming head teacher approached me at the end of the school day. He raved about how well every child on the School Council performed but gave a special mention to my daughter… As the only fluent Welsh speaker on the council, she challenged the Local Authority about the potential loss of Welsh culture if our children were to head across the border into Shropshire. She also decided to comment on her dismay at the process we have to go through for her little sister, who has additional learning needs.
My 11 year old far outstrips me in her confidence to question other people’s motives and her ability to stand by her convictions in even the toughest of situations.
I am incredibly proud of her, but more importantly, I tell her she should be proud of herself. Many adults wouldn’t have done what she did with the confidence she had… I included.