We did it this year for the first time (we had kids in school for 15 years so far) it was the best thing we have ever done. We went to Melbourne. So not some overseas big hoo hah. While education was the last thing on ours minds the kids did learn stuff. It just wasn't the point of the trip.
We had hope to again next year but since my car broke down and that has taken our accommodation money I can't see how we can do it. It totally devastating. It was suppose to be dd1 21st birthday gift. She never got a party or big gift for her 18th. This was going to make up for that. She and us had been looking forward so much. It had pulled her through some dark days.
Sorry for the long vent.
I have taken my daughter out of school for the last 6 years to go on holiday overseas. She is now in year 9, we are going again next month during school. I have a sibling with a terminal disease and I believe that these holidays mean way more than 2 weeks at school. When she is an adult the trip to Disneyland will always be with her rather than the maths assignment. I also think the family Bonniedoon holiday is important and can taken during during school if it best suits the parents. Times together as a family are what life is about.
I agree with you @beancounter - it makes it makes overseas holidays even more special when you are visiting family.
Also - for the ones who think it isn't ok to pull kids out of school for holidays - when you go overseas, someone is going to miss school -whether it be your kids, or your friends/family kids - our holidays are at completely different times to other countries.
Every location has learning opportunities. Environmental studies, team work ( with playing with siblings/ new friends), physical education, culture, language, gee you can even consider counting the number of fish caught at bonnie doon maths ( then home ec to cook it).
When I was young yr 2, I went for an east coast 6wk holiday with my parents and missed some school. I think I learnt a lot on that trip. I took activities from school and even learnt all about time and clocks from a little boy in Yeppon. My parents think school is very important, but so is real life.
You don't just have learning experiences overseas, we have the most amazing people and country here too.
I eventually got to go overseas and love learning different cultures. Travelling is a learning, eye opening experience. Hope I can take my children one day, and it might be in school time
You can generally get it approved if you sign an exemption form from the school, which means you won't have the attendance officer following it up. As a teacher, I would say make sure your child is not missing the content of what would be learnt in that time. Ask the teacher to make your child a workbook or similar with activities that relate to what is happening in class. There will always be some things that can't happen out of the classroom, so what does get included in there shouldn't take much of your time. Get your child to keep a daily journal of what you are doing on holiday, and include pictures etc. This will cover their English/writing for the time you are away
We took our kids (year 1 and prep) out of school last year due to my husband not being able to get leave on school holidays. The teacher was fine with it. We told her my son would keep a diary about what he did and what he learnt each day. He presented it to the class on his return.
I think it's fine for primary school if you commit to educating the kids in some way. Even if it's doing the times table or reading signs etc on the long drive!
As for high school, I can't wait until they're old enough so I can leave them at home and travel by ourselves!! 😄
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