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Ethan’s School Journey

I remember taking Ethan to his very first day of Grade 00 at CBC Boksburg – “Big School”- thinking that this was the first of endless days to come. 14 years seemed like the LONGEST time. It felt like school was going to last forever! And yet here we are, at the end of those 14 years and they have flown by! I feel like I blinked and missed them!

Daunting Task

I have been trying to write this post for 6 months. It was initially going to be an 18th birthday post. But I have SO many pictures and so many memories of the past 18 years with this special child of ours that it’s just felt like such a daunting task. So I’ve changed it to his ‘last-weeks-of-school’ post.

It felt like the perfect time, as he embarks on his final exams and says farewell to his school career, to share with you pictures from his last 14 years. I loved watching him play sports and thrive at it. Excel in the classroom. Thrive amongst his peers. Take a leadership role in kids church. So many, many happy memories. I have to stop myself from getting all emotional and rambling on and on about all his achievements. But as a post dedicated to Ethan, it would be remiss of me not to mention a few of his highlights.

Exciting Ride

This boy – now a young man – that made me a mom, has taken us on a wild ride over the years. He’s pushed the boundaries, driven us crazy and had us bursting with pride. He’s been a stellar student…then a very lazy student…then back to being a stellar student.

He never failed to reach the goals he set for himself in the classroom, receiving his academic scroll every year of his prep school career and finishing prep school with an academic and sports scholarship for high school (neither of which we accepted as he had his heart set on attending boarding school at King Edward VII School).

On the sports field he loved anything that had a ball and a team. Playing provincial (or State) level hockey and cricket and representing South Africa in the Invitational team at the Indoor Cricket World Series in 2012. Taking up rowing and being awarded the most improved oarsman in his first season. Playing basketball and scoring goals for the team in every match. He embraced our move to Australia with such enthusiasm and has taken to our new home like a duck to water.

Starting over in Aus

He got a part time job, bought himself his first car, got back into studying hard for his trials (scoring the highest marks on the maths paper and a perfect score for his English creative writing essay!!) …And I was fortunate enough to be there for all of it. There’s never been a dull moment and I am so very blessed to have him call me mom. I hope you enjoy looking through a few of his highlights. In and out of school.

His life chronicled in pictures. Not all of them great, but memories all the same. Because of a robbery at our house just before we left for Australia I have lost a lot of my originals and some of these are from my Facebook albums – so not the best quality. But I needed to include them because they were some of my very favourite memories of those special times.

So Proud

Ethan – you make us so proud angel. We know that you have so many amazing opportunities just waiting for you to grab them. You’ve studied hard and are ready for the upcoming HSC. The world is your oyster and the journey has only just begun!!

All my love always,



Ethan 4 years old First Baseball Game 4 years old First Nursery School Concert 2005 4 years old Ethan's first day of Grade 00 at CBC Boksburg School Dress Up day 5 years old Grade 00 concert 5 years old with Connor Howells and Bevan Munks 2006 2005 and 2006 Missing teeth 2007 Grade 0 First piano concert 2006 First Day of Grade 1 2008 World Series Indoor Cricket 2012 World Series Indoor Cricket 2012 Academic and Sports Scholarship letters 2014 Getting ready for High School Boarding 2015 First Day of High School KES 2015 Class of 2019 first assembly KES 2015 Kes Sports rowing and hockey KES Rowing 2016 KES Rowing Rock teh Boat Fun Regatta 2016 KES Rowing 2016 Ethan KEs Rwoing 2016 KES Hockey 2017 Thrive Church Blood Drive Mandela Day 2017 St Dominics Debutantes Ball 2017 St Dominics Debutantes Ball 2017 Christmas Fun 2017 Backyard Ball Christmas 2017 Christmas 2018 Colo river NSW Christmas 2018 Christmas 2018 Ethan's 18th Birthday 2019 Crestwood High School Class of 2019 Graduation

35 Comments on Ethan’s School Journey | 14 years later | Sydney Lifestyle Photographer

  1. Lisa says:

    Ahh my friend, what a great post and an amazing journey! Congrats to Ethan on turning 18!
    Stunning, stunning memories! xxx

  2. Tahra Holloway says:

    What a lovely post, I really enjoyed reading it and looking at all the wonderful memories that you have captured of Ethan ๐Ÿ™‚ Well done Mands!

  3. Charmaine says:

    How awesome. Gorgeous pics and a great share from a moms heart
    Good luck and God bless

  4. Terry Wilson says:

    We are extremely proud of Ethan and are privileged to call him ‘grandson’ – Ethan, may your years going forward be as rich and satisfying as the years gone by and we wish you nothing but absolute good luck for the future. Luv ya young’un!!!

  5. Gran says:

    Itโ€™s been a wonderful journey. Every step of the way an adventure, filled with fun and laughter. Iโ€™m so proud of the young man youโ€™ve grown up to be. May your years be forever blessed. Looking forward to the next great adventure… lots of love … Lil Pensh. ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’•

  6. Gail Wilson says:

    Wow what wonderful memories with great photos. Wishing Ethan all good things for his true independent adult life.

  7. Tanya says:

    Love this Janey!! An awesome tribute to a very special young man. Brings back sooooo many happy memories looking through these – we were truly blessed with beautiful boys.
    Eth – you have made your aunty very proud! I know youโ€™ll be successful in anything you put your mind to. You have a gift in creatively putting your mind on paper too – donโ€™t neglect that!! Love you โค๏ธ

    • Mandy Provan says:

      Thanks so much my sis. We are so very blessed to have such amazing boys!! We’ve had amazing memories over the years and I can’t wait to make new ones in all the exciting places we’re going to visit together. ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Que says:

    Such a awesome blog Mands! Ethan is blessed to have such an amazing mom and equally you are blessed to have such a talented young man as your son. Wishing Eth a successful and happy young adulthood!! Miss you guys heaps! โค๏ธโค๏ธ

  9. Dale says:

    Phew what a beautiful post with the pics Mands. Of course with all of that said you have all the right to be so very very proud of him my friend. He is a great young man. Wishing him Gods richest blessing and favour on his new journey through life. ๐Ÿ’

  10. Bronwyn Mail says:

    Such a lovely story my friend and beautifully written . Ethan is truly an amazing young man and he is blessed to call you his Mom. ๐Ÿฅฐ

  11. Leanne says:

    What a beautiful post and what amazing photos. Hard to believe our boys are adults now. The rowing photos definitely brought back wonderful memories of our days spent at Roodeplaat together aans how small thw boys looked only a few years ago. I miss those days. Good luck to Ethan in his finals and much love to you and the family.

    • Mandy Provan says:

      Thanks so much Leanne!! Ah I miss those rowing days. I can’t believe how quickly our boys turned into men! Thanks so much for the good wishes and all the very best to Deaglan for his finals too!! We miss our KES family! Sending so much love to you all. xxx

  12. Goretti says:

    Wow my friend what a beautiful tribute to Ethan! Beautifully written and beautiful photos. From a cute, adorable little boy into a very handsome young man. You and Brett have every reason to be Proud parents of this young gentleman. โค. Miss youโค

    • Mandy Provan says:

      Thank you so much my friend!!! We have so many memories of our boys together – they had such an amazing childhood!! Miss you everyday hunny!!!

  13. Sarah says:

    Ok I may or may not be crying a little right now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love how you documented his childhood – so many wonderful memories! You have such a handsome and talented son!!

  14. Kristin says:

    What a great idea!! This is so awesome!!

  15. Such a sweet post! Congrats Ethan! Heโ€™s grown into such a handsome young man. Great posts, Momma! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  16. Rhoda says:

    Hi Mandy
    Thank you for sharing Ethans story from a mums heart. Your post was special and you captured the essence off this unique special,fearfully and wonderful made Boy called Ethan.
    Wishing Ethan the very best as his story moves to a new chapter, new begginings, adventure and new career choice. May Gods hand of favour be on him always, pray God continues to cover him with precious blood

  17. Kelly says:

    Such a beautiful blog! Love this โค๏ธ

  18. As a mother of a high schooler myself, this post gives me chills. How fast their childhood goes! I commend you for putting all these lovely storytelling photos together in this post. What a treasure! And, congratulations!

    • Mandy Provan says:

      Thank you so much Kelly!!! It was such a labour of love, I’ve really loved all the activity and friendships that have been formed over all these years. It was awesome reminiscing, but also heartsore knowing it was coming to an end.

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