Today, thousands of kids around Queensland went back to school for the start of the 2007 year. One could hear the air hum with sighs of relief from parents who, although they love their kids, love them at school even better.
Because Suzie (Flossy) is now working and Harry had so much stuff to take today on his first day back, I picked him up and carted him and all his stuff off to school. He was very happy to find he had Mr Begley as a teacher and Suzie was rapt when I told her about it. Mr Begley is strict but fair but the kids like and respect him. And Harry, being Harry, needs a bit of chivvying now and then (actually most of the time) with his school work. Suzie is not worried so much about his grades, it's the effort or lack thereof, that bothers her. However, she is hoping that Mr Begley will make a difference and because Harry is a kid who looks up to anyone he admires (as most kids do) he will probably want to do his best.
Brooklyn started high school today and as Gabrielle (these are Harry sisters) is now in year eleven, she has chosen to show her young sister around for the first week. It's through what is called YELP (Year Eleven Leadership Programme) and all the year eleven pupils take a new kid under their wing for a week and show them the ropes. Helps make the transition from primary to secondary school easier.
Their cousin Stacey-Lee has finished school and after having the last long holiday she'll have for a very long time, is going to start doing a TAFE course. TAFE is a higher education facility for kids who want to gain diplomas but don't want to go to university. Stacey was not the slightest bit interested in going to uni, so this is ideal for her and she now has her car which makes it easier for her to get to the campus.
I would love to be at school in this day and age. It seems so interesting the things kids can do. Harry is not a scholar but when he gets to year ten, he will be able to do a school-based apprenticeship programme where they're at school for four days and one day is spent on the worksite. He can do this for a year then go into the apprenticeship full time. He loves nature, insects and animals so hopefully he can get a traineeship working in that environment.
Anthony, his older cousin and Stacey-Lee's brother, is not a scholar either, but he has an apprenticeship lined up with builder and is prepared to stay until year twelve, knowing he has a job the minute he leaves school. I tell him that he only attends school to organise his social life and he agrees wholeheartedly. He's found girls or should I say, they've found him. Anthony was always rather small and tubby. He is now six feet tall and nothing like tubby anymore, plus he has two big dimples, which the girls just love. Of course, Ant is basking in the attention and thoroughly enjoying himself. What a Romeo he is turning out to be and he has us in fits of laughter with his forays into the world of teenage romance. It's all so innocent at the moment, though who knows how long that will last!
The only grandchild not at school is Cooper, so we still have a baby to pamper and spoil. His big brothers, sister and cousins all love him and argue about who's going to hold him. Cooper usually solves that argument by yelling because he wants to get back on the floor where he can walk around the furniture.
So another school year has started...