Grade R Orientation Day Excitement

Last week Friday Logan had his little Grade R party at the school.  I have to admit I was very excited and normally this mean my expectation won’t be met and the whole experience will be kind of mediocre.  So imagine my surprise when I walked out of the school grounds an hour and a half later and I am positively bouncing up and down with sheer pleasure!

Lets start at the very beginning.

  1. We were given VIP parking, I kid you not, in the school grounds, under cover, with a security guard.
  2.  As soon as we got out of the car there was a pupil who greeted us and offered to escort us to the uniform shop, the school hall and or the meeting place for the Grade Rs
  3. We started at the staff room where we purchased and ordered some Grade R t-shirts.
  4. Here we were given a stationary pack – for free!  (no one said anything about his stationary being included)  How awesome!
  5. Logan was greeted by his teachers and entertained while Kobus and I made our way to the cooler school hall
  6. The event started at exactly the time it was said to start
  7. Instead of telling us all kinds of obituary things, like the importance of marking school stationary and clothing items.  The teachers showed an enormous amount of respect to each other and to their profession.  They showed us, in more than just words that their intentions are to set an amazing foundation for our kids’ education.

It isn’t often that one feel 100% confident in the choices you make.  But I can honestly say I know that I know that this is where Logan is meant to be next year and I cannot wait for him to thrive!

P.S.  As much as I love that the stationary pack was included (and am thankful) I am a bit bummed that I don’t get to go to the shops and purchase the stationary from a long list.  The awe of walking through rows and rows of stationary along with the frustration of not finding the right thing according to what is specified on the paper.  That to me marks the start of big school!

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They say kids are adaptable.

I wonder just how adaptable. 

At the beginning of the year Logan attended a school where neither him nor I was happy.  So we took a leap and moved schools.  He is happy now!

Yet at this moment I have a dilemma.  Kobus only gets home in the evenings at 18:00 and if I were to work in Midrand/ Johannesburg, I just won’t be in time to fetch him at school.  We will also soon be moving house and keeping him were he is, is just impossible! 

Our options are as follows:

a.)  It would have been most suited if we could register him in Grade 0/R at Lynnwood Ridge Primary.  Next year will be the first time the school offers Grade 0.  And we will be well along on a waiting list with very little chance of getting a space for him.

b.)  Very cute Prep-Academy across the road from Lynnwood Ridge Primary.  Apart from the fact that the school fees are a lot more than we are paying at the moment and that I will need to pack lunches, they are closed during school holidays.  All school holidays and not just December. 

What I do love about this school is the fact that it is all grown up, or as grown up as a prep-school can be:  They have a uniform (school t-shirt and jeans/ jean-shorts), all things are standard for example the stationary, school outings, swimming lessons are included.  It feels like Logan will be rewarded for being a big boy, instead of me simply taking him out of another school.  Or is that simply a way to make me feel less guilty? 

c.)  A Montessori School that is also located opposite the primary school.  The main difference is that they are open during the school holidays, which is a big bonus!  Unfortunately the school don’t have nearly as many inclusion as the prep-school and the school fees are double what we pay at the moment.  *Excluding meals and drinks*

d.)  School D, is reasonably close to the primary school and their website is pretty cute.  They call themselves a non-profit organisation, English medium and Christian based.  But for some reason they only list a landline number and no one is answering the phone! 

To be completely honest.  I have fallen in love with the Prep-Academy.  I have only ever driven past the school and really need to go and have a look at the rest of the school, but it was like love at first sight!

Unfortunately falling in love and being practical about things isn’t always the same thing. 

Or maybe I should just find more ways in which to justify the way I feel!

Final decisions regarding Logan’s Nursery School…

Along the way I have sort of neglected to tell you that Logan school was bought over by some-other-lady.  The way I found out, was a note in the book that is *suppose to be in his bag every day saying:  “Hi my name is … and I am the new principle of the school

At first I was upset with the previous owner of the school.  This certainly is not the right way to go about things!  In after-thought I felt that maybe this is an opportunity.  The teachers seemed excited about the change and so I thought that I might just wait it out and see.  Slowly the new owners/ principle of the school started making adjustments.  Some were good I believe, some were terrible.  They fired one of the staff member – no, not Logan’s teacher (whom by the way I am still not very fond of) – they moved classes around without consulting the teachers.  The worst for me was that the owner would see parents fetching their kids and instead of introducing herself, she would really ignore them.

We were given a new contract to complete and new rules to comply with – understandably!  All of the rules were fairly standard apart from one that said that the rules could change without prior notification and parent needed to comply.  This I had never seen in a school-contract before and it bothered me a little.  Another thing that I was on the look out for was the school fees.  No-where on the new contract it stated the school fees.  My instinct was to wait a bit…

In last week I started making a decision.  An insider gave me a bit of info regarding a soon to be implemented increase in school fees (a pretty steep one at that.)  And finally the principle introduced herself in last week and apart from the attempted performance, she didn’t make a good impression.

So I did what I needed and drove to the school Logan should have gone to, from the beginning of the year in order to ask whether they have space for him.  This will of course force me to wake up half an hour earlier in the mornings – yet it is a small sacrifice compared to Logan’s education!!  (Excuse the little pep-talk) 

They were full.  I was depressed and spoke to my friend who managed to pull some strings!

So now from the first of June, Logan will be attending a new school once again. 

* On the glass-half-full side of things: for the first time this year the book actually comes home now!