When I enrolled him in this school, I chose it because it had a small student population and I thought he would receive a more individualised school experience. There is a closer school, but we travel five kilometres out of our way everyday to attend this school.
When I found out he was going to have Ms Y as a teacher, I have to admit, I was wondering how that would work out, because she seemed young and I wasn't sure that she would keep the children in line and focussed on their school work.
Now that the school year has passed, I look back and chuckle at the thought. Ms Y is truly a special teacher and my son is so fortunate to have had her in his very first year of school. She stole the heart of each and every child in her class, and that of the parents too.
She treated the children as if they were her own. In school assembly, she was there, sitting side by side with her students. She minded my son after school when we moved house and when I had an exam to sit. When there was a discipline issue with one or two of the other boys, she took it in hand immediately and some of those boys have grown, with her guidance, into lovely boys. She attended my son's sixth birthday party and brought a very thoughtful gift that suited him perfectly, demonstrating just how well she knew her students.
Yesterday, she left Cairns to start her journey around Australia, after which she will settle in her home town for a few years. We are so sad to see her go, and for me for selfish reasons, because I was hoping she would become Master Four's teacher in a year's time, but we wish her all the best. The students at whatever school she chooses to teach at in the future will be very lucky indeed.
When Master Six figures out that he is not going to see Ms Y again for a very long time, I think it will be very hard for him. She has been a very special part of his life for the last year, and we would like to thank her for her dedication and for 'going the extra mile' for every one of her students.