Yesterday I posted on Facebook:
“I cannot believe that The Big One will be a junior tomorrow!”
As an aside, I added “It IS tomorrow, isn’t it?”
We were all supposed to laugh and, perhaps, comment back that yes, indeed it is tomorrow and all said Mother of the Year awards were in fact awarded correctly to me. But no. My next door neighbour commented thus:
“It’s today. We’re leaving in 5 minutes.”
I admit it. I stared at the screen, willing a winking smiley icon to appear. It had to be a joke. It was 8am, I was sitting in my pyjamas and the toddler was lying on the sofa eating toast. The baby was in bed, The Big One was in bed and NOBODY had eaten, got dressed or brushed their teeth or anything. If you’re a parent with kids at school, you will understand the panic that ensued once I had dragged the Big One out of bed.
So we ran around the house for a few minutes until I decided to share my pain with Facebook once more, only to find a new comment stating simply:
“Only joking! It is tomorrow!”
And there was that winking smiley!
Ok, so he got me. But the reason he got me so badly was because I am a naturally un-organised person and if someone tells me school starts back on Monday and not Tuesday, I will believe they are right, even though I KNOW most schools will have a training day… This year though, I was determined not to be last minute with the school uniform.
Starting juniors is massive for us because The Big One’s school is split into two sites, so the junior school is a different building with a different head teacher and a different uniform. It’s like starting big school. It’s like the first day of school all over again. Added to that is the fact that The Big One’s junior school is the only one in the area that sports a vivid jade green jumper/cardigan that was only sold in Tesco, so I knew that I needed to be quick with my order.
I ordered all of the Big One’s uniform online, which I have to say is preferable to traipsing around the shop with three reluctant children. I have to say though that the sizings were a little frustrating at this point. The Big One is a reasonably tall but slender child for her age and as she is about to turn 8, I was forced to choose between 7-8 years or 9-10 years. I would’ve liked to have had the option of 8-9 but I guess she will grow into the 9-10.
We ordered a jade green jumper with the school logo, two white polo shirts with the logo and two plain, two pairs of cycling shorts, two black skirts and three pairs of black tights. The plain items were delivered to store within four working days, which was excellent. The items with the logo took a little longer as they needed to be embroidered but because of this they were automatically delivered to the house free of charge. They arrived two weeks later and were perfect.
So what do you think? Smart enough for juniors?
My only gripe with the whole service came when ordering the items at the end. The computer repeatedly asked me for my club card number and since I don’t have one, I tried to skip this point a few times with no luck. Eventually, I pressed the back button and it went through fine! Another minor issue has nothing at all to do with the clothes or the service, which was excellent. I just wanted to note that I find it a little sad that Tesco is now the sole supplier of the school’s uniform.Undoubtedly, this is because they offered the best deal to the school for parents, but I can’t help feeling for the little uniform guy down the road. It would’ve been nice if he had been able to keep a few of his customers, but such is business I suppose.
*We were given a £30 voucher towards the Tesco school uniform, for purposes of this review. No further payment was received and all views are my own!