"We've got over 2000 students and it sure is nice to have the seniors out of here this week,"
"There are the temporary classrooms for next year since we are so overcrowded and the building of the new school has been delayed yet again by budget restrictions,"
and "Argh, only one sports oval for 2000 kids,"
as quirkly British humour that I just didn't quite get yet.
|Expectations at Soul Dance studio!|
Except he was quick to point out that he was British, almost in a don't blame me, I'm not the idiot who came up with this school system, I'm just the idiot who couldn't find a better job when he emigrated here kind of way.
|Saddling up for PE!|
DISCLAIMER: IT IS ONE OF THE BEST SCHOOLS IN THE STATE. It has an awesome reputation, excellent NAPLAN results, schools of excellence in academics, sports and the arts. Really, I have nothing against this school. IT IS A FINE SCHOOL. It just didn't show me that it would be the place for my daughter. I blame the system, not the school. (Man, I am turning into such a wuss!)
Something along the lines of: WARNING: THIS WOMAN IS GOING TO HAVE EXPECTATIONS!!!
Because this would explain the lack of help. Was he trying to discourage us from sending our daughter there?
|Crafts? Home-Ec? ICT? Whatever. My daughter made a hay-net. Without me.|
As if Australia's ability to get all of their schoolchildrens' academic records inputted onto a computer program amounted to its ability to give them a decent education.
I cannot be the first to consider One School to be Done School.
"They're proud that they've got the second names of all the family members in there?“ as Damon asked.
|Not that it isn't a tough family to keep straight!|
He kept swinging that laptop screen at us, as proud as a child at Christmas with his new toy.
Okay, I said, let's get her the educational one.
Ah, that's just a lot of paperwork and a big hassle and that's all my job and let's just get her in here and deal with all this – 2000 kids you know – and then we'll worry about that once we settle down in 2014.
(In retrospect, I think it is just that an overcrowded school of over 2000 kids with an already excellent reputation doesn't need to bother to impress us and doesn't particularly care whether our child attends or not. We either take it or leave it. They don't need us.)
See that room?
She can sit there if she has to.
Yeah. If it gets too stressful she can come here to get away.
Damon and I must have looked underwhelmed.
Or do her homework, he added.
|Tuck Shop! (Lunch at Tickle Beach.)|
He whipped out the school diary – at least it wasn't bloody One School – and showed us the assessment expectations – for every child, in every class, in every year, for the entire school for the entire year.
So much for tailoring education to meet ANY individual's needs.
|No Mom. You never looked like this. Even at 14.|
„Is that one having an autistic moment?“
|At least the 2 year old comes with a disclaimer!|
|THESE are the ones you wanna watch out for!|
(Two Saracen Knights - costumes courtesy of Soul Dance! - and one zombie.)
|Hey dude, do you have alternative religious choices at your school?! And what about surfing?|
|Christmas pageant. The wise kings?|
Although I got younger siblings still keeping their options open, so don't breathe easy yet!