Yesterday was parents evening
The last of the primary years
I wasn't sure what the focus would be
Didn't know what I wanted to hear
But then, waiting in the corridor
Seeing parents earnestly questioning
I realised the only thing I care about
Is how happy Rachel is feeling
So I scooted up to the desk
Nearly knocking the table over
I smiled at the teacher I know so well
We were definitely in this together
"So is she happy?" is what I asked
"Yes always" is what I was told
"She's helpful and friendly and cheery"
What else matters in this world?
Of course I heard all the levels
And the progress and points to improve
But I'd heard in the first two minutes
All I needed to feel well soothed
At the end of the figures
And all the necessary stuff
I asked if there was anything I could do
"No, you do more than enough"
So we laughed about parents evening
Her teacher and I as a team
And rather than frowns as I left
I gave Rachel a massive grin
"You're amazing" was what I told her
"Working hard and are happy to boot,
I'm so proud of all you are doing"
That's all I want her to know as the truth
This poem I hope expresses what I value most about parents evening. It's a chance to catch up with the teacher, check that they're happy, that Rachel is happy and that there's nothing I can do to help her in her educational progress. I have never been concerned about the levels which the teachers are required to share; instead I am interested to hear that she's trying hard, being polite, is happy in her class and friendships and is increasing in confidence. Apart from one year the teachers have so far always been pleased with our focus, (that one year we were told we should encourage her to asprire higher - she was 6) and you can see the relief that we're about collaboration.
If you would like a more informative post about the things you can ask at parents evening then you might want to visit this blog post by Diary of an Imperfect Mum for her thoughts as well