Perhaps this rite of passage is one of the newest to be considered.
Starting school is a significant milestone in a child's life. Even if they have attended day care or pre-school going to "big school" is an occasion to celebrate.Have you considered having a family celebration and engaging a civil celebrant to work with you to create a ‘Coming of School Age” or “Starting School” Ceremony?
- Highlights since birth
- Major challenges faced from birth until now
- Skills and knowledge gained
- What will be missed
- What will be gained
- Affirmation of love and support whatever activities we undertake in life.
Ceremonies usually involve music, singing, story-telling, poetry, prose and could also involve dance, processions and the use of symbols such as lighting candles or using Dreams & Treasure boxes.
Why have a special ceremony when the pre-schools already have one?
Remember there is something powerful about a family based ceremony too. One where grandparents and close family friends can be involved, like those that were at the Christening or Naming.
- This is part of building a nurturing pattern of family support to assist a family member make their transitions to the next stage in life. This builds an inner sense of security that becomes invaluable in times of unexpected change,
- Adding a ceremony to the celebration - also means we model healthier ways of celebrating our life stages for our young people rather than just a excess of food and drink that can contribute to obesity and other health problems later.
Parents, children and guests can be actively involved in the ceremony
The role of a celebrant is to:
- work with the group to plan the ceremony for its form and content are psychologically and socially appropriate
- lead and guide the ceremony through its various stages,
- conclude the ceremony, by affirming the participants and the value of this next stage of life’s journey
Ceremonies are usually followed by some food and drink, again appropriate to the situation. Depending on where such an event is held, such a meal could be a picnic, an BYO luncheon or afternoon tea in a community hall or a restaurant or function centre.
You can engage a professional civil celebrant to help you to create a memorable and meaningful ceremony