Leaving our seven and nine year old children behind on the first school days back in July felt like a horrible thing to do, since they did not speak nor understand much English. How is that feeling now, almost five months later?
Our eight and a ten year old are now going to a public primary school in Australia. They came here not speaking the language and so many things are different to what they were used to, wearing a school uniform, assembly, fundraisers, sports…
After one year we changed schools for the 10 year old. Why? Well, you will have to read our blog posts.
Showcase 2015 – a night in the theatre
“I am so excited” says Luka as we are driving towards the Monash University at 6.30 pm. Tonight they are performing on a real stage, together with more than 500 other students from the Essex Heights Primary School. They have been practising a long time for this. I am expecting quite an event. Continue reading “Showcase 2015 – a night in the theatre”
No ordinary school day
It is the last week of term three. The last week before the holidays start is a bit different, a lot more unusual things are happening. Today I got to experience an almost full day of school, so here is my adventures… Continue reading “No ordinary school day”
After two months of school
The first term/quarter in Australia is almost over. Kai and Luka really like to go to school in the morning and come home happy in the afternoon. I find the progress amazing, we can see and hear big development in their English and in their confidence. Where Luka had problems reading anything two months ago, she now easily finishes an English book. More and more new words come out of their mouths and they ask a lot more questions. I find that a good sign, if you don’t understand anything it is hard to ask questions about it, where would you start? Continue reading “After two months of school”
School excursion to Werribee Park
This week was science week at school, which included an excursion day. The destination was different for all the grades. I got invited to join Luka’s school excursion to Werribee Mansion, which I happily accepted. Continue reading “School excursion to Werribee Park”
One of the things being very different at schools in Australia is the weekly assembly. Every week all the children from school gather in the gymnasium. There are some things that stand out for me at assembly. Continue reading “School Assembly”
Today was school carneval athletics day for grades 3-6 of the Essex Heights Primary School, the last four classes of primary school. I volunteered, so a good chance for me to observe and experience everything from up close. And I made some discoveries. Continue reading “School Athletics”
Off day at school
I should have known it. After writing a positive post this weekend about the school experience so far it was bound to happen. The off day. Continue reading “Off day at school”
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. Continue reading “An impression of the first two school weeks”
First days of school
As of this week Kai and Luka are going to school and it is time for the letting go. They will hopefully quickly learn the language and find their way in this new world.
Up until now we have been living in a different country, but it has all been within much of our comfort zone. We have built our own little world within a different country. Searching for the familiar and holding on to that. Well in the process sometimes discover something different which is new and interesting. Continue reading “First days of school”