There are big changes coming in the Household this week as the eldest gears up to switch schools.
The current school has been a source of deep unhappiness for more than a year and push finally came to shove.
I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods, but it’s very hard to score an enrolment if you’re out of area in my part of Sydney. Every school we called turned us down flat.
One good thing about being a separated couple is that you have two addresses ,,, so we ponied up my ex’s place as collateral for his local school.
It wasn’t an ideal outcome – that would have been to stay at the school that’s close to my place and the eldest’s friends and gets awesome results in the HSC.
Instead it will be a 45-minute-plus commute on two buses, hundreds of total strangers and OK results in the HSC.
But, when faced with an increasingly unhappy kid who got the school counsellor to organise a parent meeting so we’d sort something out, we finally conceded defeat.
Geez it’s been a palaver though. Paperwork at the old school, paperwork at the new school. We still have to sign a stat dec because my ex likes to tell the whole truth – generally – so we have to swear in front of a JP that the eldest lives at Dad’s place half the time.
I’d have just said “We’ve moved into the area, here’s proof of our address” and been done with it.
Yesterday we trekked over en masse to attend a meeting with the deputy principal, who seemed very nice. My ex and I were a little freaked out by the schoolyard. It was chaotic and noisy and intense. The current high school is low-key and polite and ordered because it’s single sex. Co-ed is a whole new, crazy ballgame.
I hope the excited eldest copes OK with the change.
And then there’s the tricky situation with uniforms. The current one at the new school is being phased out at the end of term one. Riiiight. It looks nothing like the new uniform. Totally different colour.
Fortunately there will be a two-year change-over period where kids won’t be penalised for having old stuff.
Also fortunate is the fact it’s the ex’s weekend with the kids, so he’s the one who has to head to the uniform shop in Woop Woop to get all the new stuff for first day on Monday.
And pity about the camera the eldest got for Christmas for Photography. Photography class is full at the new school. Instead it will be Philosopy and Multi-Media. Decisions were made on the spot, which isn’t ideal, but I’m sure I saw something about goblins in the Philosophy rundown. Weird and cool.
Oh and another thing I’ve realised on the unfortunate side is that I will need to start volunteering at two schools again after just a few short weeks of enjoying the thrill over only having to volunteer at one … with the second school half an hour away if the traffic is light. That will go for presentation days and band performances too.
Well, I hope they are for the eldest, even if they’re not for me.
Actually, I’m terrified … and I’m not the one who needs to walk into a new schoolyard in a few days time.
Song of the day: Pink Floyd “Another Brick In The Wall”