Today is my Graduation from university and it marks an end to 17 straight years of formal education. So this post, in the tradition of #tbt (throwback Thursday), is a little trip down memory lane to how it all started 17 years ago and this a way to say thank you to all of those who have supported me on this journey!
Before school, there was Kinder, which I loved – sand pit, animals coming to visit, painting, playing Mary in the Nativity play – what wasn’t there to love?!?
This is me on my very first day of school at Chatham Primary School, accompanied by my beautiful younger sister, Emma and of course, Humphrey Bear, who is still just as cuddly now as he was then. I had a lovely 2 years at Chatham, playing on the monkey bars, putting my name on a brick in the amphitheatre, and telling secrets under the slides. I went to Chatham for 2 years – Prep and Year 1. I first learnt how to write here but two of my favourite memories at Chatham were making paper chains with printer paper and playing on the playground with the Warner girls!
At the end of 1997, we moved to Wellington, New Zealand, and my accent started its journey around the world. To this day, it still can change at the drop of a hat. In Wellington, we went to Queen Margaret’s College, our first all girls’ school. You had to wear a tie from Day 1! Emma started school in New Zealand and below is a photo of our very first day there.
It was a lovely school and we both loved it. When we had to leave 2 and half years later, both of us were quite upset. After all, it was here that I started reading Harry Potter.
Can’t believe all of these photos were taken over 15 years ago! Happy Graduation to everyone else graduating with me tonight!