We gave notice at Peter's private school (not the one pictured) at the end of the term. He's been there for Year 5 and 6, and it's been great, but he's off to join John at the public (state) selective high school when the new school year starts in February. Here are a few things I'll miss (some silly, some serious) and a few things he'll miss.
- Expensive soft cotton school shirts that don't need ironing.
- An annual welcome party with free food and drink.
- After school and Saturday morning sports teams organised by the school and coached by teachers, parents and older students.
- The annual 12km walkathon followed by a sausage sizzle (cooked by the teachers).
- The low staff to pupil ratio.
- Regular away-night school camps that give me one on one time with John.
- The annual father/son dinner (even though Allan never got to one!)
- The Mother's Day Mass followed by morning tea (even though I got a parking ticket this year!)
- Using my golf umbrella with his school's name on it.
- Teachers in the library after school helping with homework.
- An extra three weeks a year of school holidays.
- The excellent canteen that serves salad, butter chicken, nachos, pasta bolognese etc.
- Having three different school bags (duffle, sports and backpack).
- Taking a laptop to school.
- Smartboards in every classroom.
- Wearing his wool blazer.
- Getting an award to add to his school plaque each time he completes a season of sport.
- Doing Maths with Year 8.
- Playing touch football on the school oval each lunchtime with his friends.
- Having his own school text books.
On the plus side, we'll be saying goodbye to wearing a school tie and regular haircuts (there's no short hair policy at the public school) and we'll be saying hello to slip-on black schools shoes (so I can stop telling him his laces are undone!)