Once I feel comfortable enough speaking up I plan to make this suggestion. I really feel like they should have a prep orientation program. I also want to suggest they implement crunch and sip/fruit break and also allow a few minutes prior to lunch to apply sunscreen.
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27-01-2016 15:48 #152Senior Member
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27-01-2016 17:31 #153
27-01-2016 17:36 #154
@Sonja, I've been thinking...did your nephew have repeat because of the way the school years are structured, i.e. the start of the school year being 1/2 year apart in Australia and the U.K. So if DS starts school here he would have to repeat half a year--if we moved back at the end of a UK school year he's have to repeat the last half of the year, if we move back at Christmas he'd have to repeat the first half. This just made me realize that if we held him back in the uk AND he had to repeat in OZ that it may put him further behind in age than what we intended 😕
27-01-2016 17:39 #155
Yes he did. Which was why he was bored for most of the year as he repeated one whole year.
27-01-2016 17:48 #156
Typing that all out though I just realized my math may be off. If we were able to hold DS back to a 5.5 year old start in September and then moved back to melb over Christmas break then he would start school in OZ just before his 6th birthday, which is what we were intending and he would only be repeating the first two terms of the school year. Not too bad, but probably gets worse/more boring the older he gets.
All the more reason to move back before school is an issue! But, I just read that the latest he can start is the term after his 5th birthday, so they must do multiple intakes a year here and we would have to try and leave before he turns 5.
27-01-2016 18:08 #157
I'm honestly not sure. It was before my kids were at school so I wasn't all that engaged with it. They moved back at the start of the year and he redid the year he was in in the UK. It was about 6 years ago now so I may be vague. He's ASD so I know my sister wasn't too worried.
27-01-2016 18:20 #158
I'll add though while she was initially stressed at sending him so young to full time school the actual education was brilliant she said. Very nurturing and for his ASD he was extremely well supported. Far better than anything he's recorded in Victoria since.
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