Today Tamsin started at her new school.
There she is, ever so happy in her new uniform, ready to go.
But why a new school? She is only Year 3 with no need to move until Year 7.
Helicopter mother that I am, I was increasingly concerned about her behaviour as last year progressed. Term 1 at both school and gym was fine. But from mid May on, things just weren't...ummm...right.
After much thought and discussion I moved her from TriStar to GymCity Papatoetoe in the hope that a smaller gym and older coaches would improve her "lack of focus" "increased distractibility" and in my opinion "her mimicing her autistic friend's behaviour".
That move has helped her gym a little, but the behaviour generally continued.
More discussion as to why her behaviour had become what it was and I have a list of probable causes that I suspect are all involved: death of her grandfather, Jess starting new school but not her, the composite class policy at Mangere Bridge; teacher distracted by her own travel plans and future; plus some others.
So we bit the bullet and hunted around for a new school, since that was a source of several of the issues and a situation we could change.
We were very lucky and found a Montessori based school a block away from my parents, and just 10 mins drive from us: Golden Grove.
Tamsin has been excited about since her visit, and her behaviour has been improving markedly in the last week as the start date became a reality.
I have my "old" Tamsin back - long may it continue.