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An impression of the first two school weeks

On Monday I had two singing children in the back of my car while we were driving to the Dutch language school. I am used to hearing Luka sing, but it was actually the first time that I heard Kai singing out loud. Apparently they like the emphasis that is put on music and singing here. It also gives me good vibes about the way the are cooping at their new school.

One of the two sport area's
One of the two big sport area’s on the school ground
The second big sport area of Essex Heights primary school.
The second big sport area of Essex Heights primary school.

The first two school week are over. They have experienced everything twice. From now on everything will be familiar. Not quite, since I do think that they are missing out on a lot still since they do not speak the language yet.

Kai is coping great. He has a lot of energy and is very enthusiastic about everything that he experiences. In the first week he has been observing a lot which was noticeable because was talking so much when he came home. He clearly had not used up his 7000 words just yet. In the second week he already found some friends. He comes out of the classroom chatting to them. I have no idea how he is able to keep up a conversation in just two weeks, but maybe that is easier in male conversations. Somehow it is working, because he already received his first birthday party invitation. Note to self: if ever in a situation with a new kid in class, invite him/her. Definitely a big and wished for confidence booster.

Luka had a pretty rough first week. She was dead tired when she got home and is not speaking about what she experiences in school. The second week has already been a lot better. She went to school skipping. She is laughing with friends and gives high fives to the lady in front of the school that helps the children cross the street. Who is amazing by the way. That lady is there every day and knows everybody. Not only is she keeping small conversations with everyone but she actually seems to know everyone! She also told me that she saw the confidence of Kai and Luka grow every day.

Sign of one of the classes
Here you can see how diverse the background of a class is, 1/3th of the children in this class are born outside of Australia. So Kai and Luka are no exception, but just the most recent ones.

There are already some things that I find really amazing here in Australian schools. A lot of subjects are being taught by specialist teachers, like PE, art, ICT, Indonesian, choir and music. I come from a country where the preschool teachers give all the lessons (with the exception of PE). I personally do not believe that one teacher can spezialise in every subject. If I take myself as an example. I could have made the decision to become a teacher. I can also be thought how to give music lessons. It would however not be very impressive, believe me. Besides listening to music, it is just not one of my passions. Not everyone can be passionate about everything, so why should a school teacher be?

Another noticeable difference here is that the school has quite a few challenges. One the one hand there are handicapped children. Some children have a very clear mental or physical handicap, some even both. They attend the same classes as all the other children, although they do get extra support at some hours. In Kai’s class, of 30 children, there are two children who are a bit ‘different’ as he puts it. At the same time the school has an above average scoring in the national test. So I figure there are also an amount ofย  children who need extra challanges. All children are being challenged at their own level. How that is managed I have no insight to yet. But a big complement for the teaching staff who seem to manage and challenge all the different children.

Kai and Luka are now involved in two separate activities during lunchtime. One is a German lunch club, where they will be able to communicate in German with others. The other is a cooking class for them to get more involved in speaking English in a fun way. If these are the first indicators of catering to different needs then it is a good start!

Well, there is plenty of time to find out how everything works here. I will be one of the volunteers in Luka’s class, collecting and giving out books, so I hope to get a bit more insight that way as well.

A lot of extra activities are offered. Learning something about growing food being just one of them.
A lot of extra activities are offered. Learning something about growing food being just one of them.
The school chicken just recently started to lay eggs. Kai was allowed to gather the eggs on his first school day.
The school chicken just recently started to lay eggs. Kai was allowed to gather the eggs on his first school day.
This is the building where they go to for the indoor gym, music and Indonesian lessons
This is the building where they go to for the indoor gym, music and Indonesian lessons
Right next to the school is an oval. In the weekends it is actively used for footy. The school also uses this ground for running.
Right next to the school is an oval. In the weekends it is actively used for footy. The school also uses this ground for running.
Footy is nothing more then a lot of sweating ttractive men running around on a field, or did I not understand the rules completely?
Footy is nothing more then a lot of sweaty attractive men running around on a field, or did I not understand the rules completely?
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Mother, wife, explorer and loving the outdoors. We recently moved to Australia, so lots to explore here. We are keeping a blog about our experiences of moving and living on a different continent as a family.

5 thoughts on “An impression of the first two school weeks

  1. Wat gaat het allemaal goed zeg, geweldig! En jij als vrijwilliger is ook een verstandige zet. Zo kun je je ook inleven en ben je snel op de hoogte van het wel en wee op school! Leuk, dat Kai al een uitnodiging heeft en dat zingen van jullie kids zegt heel veel….
    Liefs uit Baarlo, J en M

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  2. Fijn dat Kai en Luka hun draai gevonden hebben. En het is super om te horen dat Kai al een uitnodiging heeft voor een kinderfeestje ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿฐ.
    Xx .. Karin

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