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    I take my kids out of school for holidays. I make sure it isn't around assessment time, and if they are going to miss something big then I either cover it myself using materials from the teacher or I accept they don't get marked for that part of testing.
    So what's the go? Well sometimes the only time DH can get longer periods of time off work for holidays is during school time. Sometimes that's when a good deal was found. And sometimes it's because the holiday can teach them things and have them experience things they'll never learn in a classroom.


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    For the first time we are doing it this year. It will be right at the very end of the school year when little is happening anyway.

    We are doing it a)bc it makes accommodation heaps heaper b)less traffic c) where we are going is a very popular school holiday attraction and I want them to actually enjoy it without the insane crowds. It's 5 school days where they are winding down academically anyway.

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    A friend of ours took her 12yo dd for a big 5 month holiday to lots of different countries...when they got back her dd was to start yr 8 but after an assessment she went straight up to yr 9!

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    We will be taking the kids overseas to see their grandmother and aunts, uncles and cousins - they will miss 2-3 weeks of school. To get to DHs country it is a pain in the *** - it takes forever - took us 40 something hours with stopovers (hopefully we can avoid that) so we want to go for a fair whack of time. So we'll take Christmas holidays early.

    We have done other holidays within school time before as well - it just costs way less, if you want to rent a house or whatever in school holidays you are looking at double to triple the price - depending on where you are going.

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    My family pulled us out one term per year and we travelled around Australia and I will be doing the same. Our understanding of things was so my g better than our class mates. We were "travelled" and it showed. We also went overseas and that was amazing

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    I don't think it's right to let your kid skip school for an annual one week holiday at the Bonnie Doon Big 4. On the other hand a once in a lifetime trip to Europe (for example) is a whole other kettle of fish.

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    Both my brother and I had two months off in primary school to go overseas with our mother. It didn't cause any issues, it wasn't negative in any way- and we learnt things from that experience, that you can't learn in books and that the other kids just had no idea about.

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    Where is Bonnie Doon? It sounds really educational

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    I don't think it's right to let your kid skip school for an annual one week holiday at the Bonnie Doon Big 4. On the other hand a once in a lifetime trip to Europe (for example) is a whole other kettle of fish.

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    Where is Bonnie Doon? It sounds really educational
    Haven't you ever seen "The Castle" ?

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    Oh yeah, of course. That movie is great.

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    Haven't you ever seen "The Castle" ?


 

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