Endings are always sad, but last year when dd left primary, we had an end of year party for the class and made a huge thing of it being the beginning of exciting times
We had a party for the Y6s too last year, much against my better judgement. I'd put up with 7 years of having parties with rude children. Stopped having them in my house very quickly, unlike my elder children who were both in lovely year groups.
Anyway felt sorry for DC3 as he'd failed 11+, needed some reassurance and to feel special, so reluctantly agreed to party. Half the parents didn't bother to reply but brought their children anyway. The girls were unpleasant to each other, boys very rude. Food was thrown, garden toys broken and abused. Parents late to pick up. I have never seen most of the children again and have no desire to.
To sports day - DC above v good at sport, loves any type of sport, loves sports day. But I can watch him compete every weekend. DC2 rubbish at all sports, hates sports day as I do. No child has to stand up and complete mental arithmetic to a public audience if they're rubbish. There'd be an outcry. I'm not saying they shouldn't do sport, just not be forced to compete in public if they don't want to. By Y6 used to mess about, make no effort (not in his character to misbehave at all) so he didn't look like he'd run his heart out and still come last. Youngest is disabled, first sports day coming up, can't bear the thought of seeing her trying to compete on equal terms but she is looking forward to it. Large box of tissues required.