Ive done it with DS1, at the most just a few days, and no we didnt ask for extra work for him. He was 5, and we are fortunate that he is at the top of his class and is actually getting different work to them so it didnt really affect the teachers plans etc (her words, she was completely fine with it)
I went on an around the world trip in year 12 with my Dad. I had never been overseas and an opportunity arose and no way was I missing it. I didnt take school work but I worked hard before I left and after I got back to catch up on assignments and assessments. My parents copped a lot from the school because they were worried it would affect my QCS scores as I got back a few days before the test and I missed the practice exams. It didnt, I got straight A's
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23-10-2014 08:13 #41
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23-10-2014 08:51 #42Senior Member
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Taking my year 9 daughter out for 9 days from Monday to cruise pacific islands. I take her out of school every year, at least once - this year we also went to Ayers Rock.. Her teachers don't have a problem, her grades are fine. As others said its way cheaper and less crowded. And our holidays are usually different countries so she is learning about the world outside her school/suburb in a way that could never be taught.
As an adult these family holidays will be wonderful memories.
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23-10-2014 09:17 #43
My parents took us out of school for 3 months once, bought a mini bus, and we drove around Europe. We visited many, many cities in 13 different countries and had a ball. We camped and stayed in hotels. We didn't do a single bit of school work but all 4 of us kids learnt more than we would have at school anyway. Not long after we returned my mum was diagnosed with cancer and died within the year, she always said while she was sick how thankful she was that she was able to show her kids the beauty of Europe.
Dh and I plan on doing similar with our kids one day. So, no.. I don't have a problem with it.
23-10-2014 09:48 #44
We've only just got home on Tuesday after taking our 4 kids on a cruise. I usually don't do it but my DH only gets certain times off work so we booked it around him.
I spoke to the girls teachers (2 eldest are in grade 2 and reception) plus the principal who all said it is absolutely fine. We took some books along with us plus the girls kept a journal of their trip. They went back to school yesterday with all the teachers eager to know how their holiday was.
23-10-2014 10:00 #45Member
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I went away for 14 days to Bali whilst I was in year 11. I had ambitions to become an environmental scientist and I took some work with me to do on the holiday which never actually got done haha! When I got back from holidays I was very behind in my work and truth be told, I never caught up. I went away in April and by September I had left school and got a full time job.
23-10-2014 10:22 #46
At DDs school the teachers are generally very supportive of holidays, seeing them as a learning experience for kids. They ask the children to keep a travel journal and then when they get back to school they do a little show n tell piece. They only time I've been aware of the school objecting is when a child who was struggling in a lot of areas was taken out of school for a 2 month holiday. So it does depend somewhat on the individual circumstances.
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Once a year for say a week is fine.
23-10-2014 12:42 #48Senior Member
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I'd do it. My mum did it for me.
I went to Europe for 8 weeks in year 8 and I had to take maths and science with me. English homework was I had to write a diary of what I did each day in Europe. Funnily enough I still remember the maths work that I had to do, I guess the break and responsibility to learn by myself really worked for me.
I'd happily take kids away as long as they stay on top of their schoolwork.
However I'd never do it in year 12,11,10 or year 6. Too much stuff going on in those years.
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