As I’m sure most of you know the South African inland schools re-opened on Wednesday for the start of a new school year.
When I went to wake Damien up to get ready… he was already awake and dressed!!! He just didn’t have shoes on!!! I was quite speechless! His bag was packed and all he needed was to have his meds! He has a new school bag- half the size of the one he has had for the last few years because he insisted he won’t need a bigger one. He now only has a few subjects being in grade 10! I disagreed about the size of the bag he needed… but what do I know, so I went ahead and bought a little-ish one. And he has all new stationary too- with a skateboarder on his math set tin!
He says his class is a little bigger than last year, and he has a new registration teacher. He was very glad to get back and see all his friends again.
I thought his waking up early on Wednesday boded well for the rest of the year… but it was not to be. Thursday morning was right back to normal- including an argument over the fact that he was wearing his new Quicksilver camouflage T-shirt instead of his school golf shirt, which he suddenly claimed he couldn’t find even though he assured me he had checked on his school clothes the night before!!
Back to normal.
He has started receiving his books… and this is a perk of a private school that I should expand on just now.
And I was quite flabbergasted last night when he went ahead and covered the books he had received thus far all by himself! Granted, I think the pictures he used are a little risqué and I dunno if his teachers will be terribly happy with them… but they said they could cover their books any way they wanted. I haven’t heard from the school yet so I s’pose it’ll be okay, LOL.
Back to the “perks” I mentioned. I was actually chatting to a colleague whose little boy is 14 months old, and we got onto the subject of schooling and what it costs. Private school fees are high- on average 3 times more per month than government schools- but the kids are provided with all their work books and text books throughout the year. And Damien has no uniform apart from the golf shirt with the school badge on the breast. This saves me a fortune every year! All I buy is stationery. The school also does no fund-raising as they take in a little extra money per child as part of the deposit- which is then stashed in a separate account. There are no raffles, fetes, fun days, or concerts are held to collect money… and I know every parent knows what I’m talking about- you know that sinking feeling on receipt of a notice from the school about tickets to be sold for some or other lucky draw in order to be able to repaint the rugby posts on the main sports field… with Damien’s school, the events they do have are for fun and for the grade 12 learners to raise money for their own year end event and such! And of course private school classes are smaller, more learner focused and in Damien’s case- they specialise in teaching ADHDers and handling kids with other LD.
And seeing the change in Damien when going from a “public” school to a private one… it makes every single expense worthwhile! So as long as I can afford it, he will be in a private school.
I’m hoping this year will be as good as, if not better than last year for him.
I hope all of you with kidlets starting a new school year are not totally overwhelmed with homework just yet! Good luck with the book covering operation and topping up of stationery requirements!
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