Today, I started Kindergarten.
My teachers are really nice and I have already made some friends!
I'm a bit tired now, but happy to be going back tomorrow!
They have done everything possible to make sure we felt welcome. They have made sure they are being totally inclusive. They are going to create an amazing foundation for all of my future schooling.
The teachers have watched Mum, to see how she talks with me and how she listens for my responses. They have asked about how to make sure I get enough food and drink.
They thought about ways I can play in the playground with the other kids, and how I can choose where I play.
There are so many things the staff have done that have made our hearts smile.
I am so lucky.
Perhaps the best thing about my new school is the positive approach everyone has. With that positive approach, the other children will most likely learn to see my character. They will see my cheekiness and my happiness. They might learn how strong, determined and brave I am. They might learn that I have many great things to offer, even though I am in a wheelchair and don't use the same words they do. If that happens, I will thrive at school.
This is the best we can hope for.
One very respected lady we know has repeatedly spoken about how clever I am. She said I just need technology to catch up and give me a voice. She's right.
On my first day of school, I did some colouring and some painting and I borrowed my first school library book!
I came home very excited, with lots of things to tell everyone! I like school.
And, did you know that my Kindergarten classroom is the exact classroom my Dad had, when he was in Kindergarten!
So, this morning... Mum lies down on the mat with me and makes me give her a kiss... In Front Of Everyone!
I know she only kissed me in front of everyone because she is so proud of how far I have come and all that I have achieved. She knows how much I have worked. She knows the pain I have gone through. She knows how much I try.
She wants to say this:
"Thank you to the people who believe in him and never once questioned our choice of mainstream school, but instead embraced and encouraged it.
I'm scared, but excited for the next few years!"
To the people who believe in me... You make us stronger! Thank you!
There were many moments when we didn't think I would make it to school. I have needed a lot of help, at various times, to remember to breathe and to keep my heart pumping. But, we made it! I'm here! I'm a Kindergarten Kid!
I'm in a great spot and we're all excited for what's to come.
They filmed me getting ready for school, packing my bag, getting in to the car and then arriving at school. They even filmed me in the classroom, getting ready for learning.
Thank you for your constant support and belief in me.
You can watch the news clip here:
Thank you for always supporting us!
The story can be read on the Illawarra Mercury website or the Kiama Independent website.
We are thankful to the school and the teachers, for letting the media come to the school and the classroom. Thank you.
Because the media believes in me and shares my story, we can tell more and more people about the great things I do, and the things that are done for me.
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