Thursday, May 14, 2015

Memories!

 Last March, I was in the Philippines to visit my family there and had the chance to attend the Graduation day of my fifth grandchild Ethan from kindergarten.. It was a big event for him because it was his first time. He is going to start the first grade this June.
Here in Norway, they don't have Graduation day or Recognition days for all school levels like they do in the Philippines. They do have a program before school vacation to mark the end of school year.

How about in your country?

Anyway, this is me and Ethan ready for the day.

Here is his mother ( my daughter) his father and another grandmother who was excited like the rest of us!

We went to their school where the ceremony would be held! Look what I found. 


Snow white and the seven dwarfs



Ethan and his daddy waiting for the teacher.


They named the rooms after the saints


Nice to see the children's works on the wall


Ethan and his best friend


Ethan loved this school because it was bigger than the other school that he went last year.


This was the auditorium where graduation was held. The parents were sitting at the back of the children. Although it was only a graduation for the kindergartens, but they were many so a big place was needed. 


The children went forward pair by pair before sitting on their places. They had to rehearsed for so many days for that day.


Here were all the parents. Grandmothers or relatives were not allowed here, so we found  a place at the upper part of the auditorium.


They started the ceremony by singing the national anthem


Followed by the speech of the head priest which was I thought should be given to High school graduates instead. 

And as expected, the kids didn't understand and they just entertained themselves. The teachers kept telling them to sit still, but they just couldn't. I really understand them:)


Anyway, time for Ethan to receive his diploma and the reward for being bright in the class.


At the end, the children sung for the parents!


Then, I bought a cake for Ethan as a gift


His father treated us to eat all you can Restaurant


Thank you Ethan for such a memorable day for grandma:)


How about you? Have you been to a Graduation day of your children, grandkids or siblings?

JOY

38 comments:

  1. You're a very proud grandmama indeed
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  2. OMG, can't believe you've grandchildren, Joy! I'm so impressed & simply speechless. I can ony gawk at the beautiful family shots, dear! I've a long way to go as my son has just turned 20.. xoxo

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    1. And I have six of them Shirley:)

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  3. Looks like a lovely family day together. Enjoy the little one now because they grow up so fast.

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    1. Yes it was Carol! I agree with you:)

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  4. I love your photos, Joy, and Ethan is adorable! Beautiful family. :)

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  5. What a wonderful day for the children. So positive and they will remember it for the rest of their lives.Yes, in our educational system they have a graduation for the kindergarten children, after they have graduations at the end of grade 8 and grade 12 and of course at the finish of university.
    The dinner was very thoughtful and looked tasty. Congratulation Ethan. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

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    1. Yes, it was Paul. Very tiring though for the teachers:)
      Thanks for the comment!

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  6. So happy for you, Joy. Such a wonderful occasion and ended with a nice dinner for whole family.

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    1. Thanks Nancy! Yes, it was a wonderful dinner:)

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  7. An all boys school I take it. I didn't see any girls.

    How fun you got to attend your grandsons graduation.

    The last graduation I attended was my grand-daughters graduation from high school. It was a special day for us too.

    Have a fabulous day and thanks for visiting Comedy Plus. ☺

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  8. The girls are on the other side Sandee:)
    Thanks for visiting!

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  9. A good looking boy and family! Thank you for sharing your joy


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    ALOHA from Honolulu,
    ComfortSpiral
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  10. That was a lovely event, I enjoyed watching all beautiful pictures and the interesting info :)

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  11. What a wonderful day! There are so many things to love here. First, I was shocked that you are old enough to be a grandma! You look like his mother. And I love your beautiful dress! Perfect for the occasion! You have a beautiful family, and how nice that both grandmothers could be there! Love the Snow White characters, so cute! And I like that you photographed from the balcony. This way, we can see everything, including how huge the place is. The cake, the palm trees, your grandson, it is all so beautiful. We have a huge celebration for the last year of high school. Traffic gets backed up and there are parties. But kindergartens and grade schools only have very small celebrations, if at all.

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    1. It was a wonderful day Ginny and I have already six grandchildren. The eldest is going to be 14 this year. I was a mother when I was 16 years old that is why and I am 53 now.
      Thanks for liking everything:)

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  12. wow, congratulations to ethan and of course to you and the parents as well. handsome kid :)

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  13. How good you traveled to be there.

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  14. Sounds good. You must have enjoyed the day well. It can be seen through the photos you have posted. My kid also had graduation day in his school and we all attend it. He was very much excited to get a medal for the first time in the stage. It gives motivation for them to learn many things...

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    1. Yes, the event was enjoyable. Giving rewards has both positive and negative outcome. But is sure gives the children challenge to get a reward:)

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  15. Those are some wonderful memories!

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  16. Life is sweetened by memories like these. Hugs.

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  17. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment:).
    In Australia we don't have a graduation ceremony. Each country have their customs.
    Looks like a lovely celebration..

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    1. Thanks for visiting too white angel. Nice knowing your tradition in your country:)

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  18. Hello po Mommy Joy and biggie congrats kay Ethan.
    Ang ganda ng school nila.

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    1. Hello Fiel-Kun:) Yes, ganda nga ng school kila at malinis pa:)

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  19. This is so adorable and what a precious time for your grandson. You look absolutely amazing, 5 grandchildren... what blessing!

    Here in Alberta, Canada they have graduations for kindergarten children, then when the youth finish grade 9 there is another celebration and once grade 12 is complete one final grade school graduation. I loved attending my childrens celebrations, next year I'll be attending my granddaughters. The grandchildren really do grow up way too fast don't they?

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend Joy!

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    1. Thanks Darlin. They are actually six granchildren. Yes, it is an amazing feeling to be in their graduation days especially for me who lives so far away from them.
      Thanks for visiting!

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  20. I didn't know Norway's schools didn't have a graduation ceremony

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  21. Such a big day for every kids.. You must be so proud of your.. grandson? seriously? You don't look like his grandma anyway.. hehe

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