In WA children born after July 1st start school the following year. My DD was born in the latter half of the year and while it hasn't done her any harm at all (as her teachers are challenging her academically) she could easily have started the year before.
My son on the other hand... He also was born in the latter half of the year. HE was not ready at all. In fact he has started Kindergarten this year 2 1/2 days. and is coping really well academically and socially but still not adjusting to the separation anxiety, even this far into the year! I couldn't imagine him being at school last year. He could barely speak then! He would not have coped at all.
I do worry about my DD turning 18 right before Tertiary entrance examinations! No you can not drink, or go clubbing UNTIL you finish highschool, even though you are legally an adult who can vote... I am sure we will manage. Just.
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12-08-2013 16:33 #51Senior Member
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12-08-2013 17:22 #52
I don't want my children finishing school when they are 16, like some queen slanders do, I just think it is too young. Unless she is super bright and socially ready, my February baby will be held back - a bit hard to tell yet as she is only 1. Qld cut off is June 30.
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12-08-2013 18:34 #55Senior Member
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12-08-2013 18:45 #56
I think the first year should be for kids who are 5 OR 6 that year, depending on how ready they are. That's what happened when I started school in Vic in 1990. We all spent a day at school, had interviews and testing and stuff... and then they decided who was ready to start and who wasn't. I was ready at 4 turning 5 in March... the girl who turned out to be my best friend that year had been asked to wait another year the year before, so she started the same year as me, when she was 5 turning 6 in April.
It all worked out fine.
The only crap thing was that eventually, we both actually ended up in Qld later on. Because it was age-based up here, she was in year 7... I was in year 6... despite Qld Year 6 being pretty much the same as SA year 5... which I had already done... my brother was the same. Because he started age 5 turning 6, when we moved up here, he skipped a grade. We'd always been two years apart in schooling until we moved up here... then he went into grade 5, I went into grade 6... just based on age. So if he had completed all of his schooling, he'd have done only 12 years... I did 13. It's pretty dumb.
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