School started back today. JJ made all sorts of excuses as to why he didn’t want to go and after a big long weekend I was very tempted to keep us both home today, but I didn’t. I went to school with him and stayed with him for a bit. He hid behind me, being very nervous and shy but his teacher helped make him feel at home by giving him something to do. Quite a few of this year’s classmates were in his class last year so they’re not all strangers. But one boy, his best friend, who was supposed to be in JJ’s class is not so I’m not sure what happened there. They still see each other at breaks though.
So now starts the book covering, the learning to how this new teacher works, paying school fees, and doing the reading and writing or whatever they have to do this year and trying to keep up with all the paperwork that comes home in the form of notes etc.
I also have my boarder, my nephew, back with me doing year 12 so it will be a full-on year for him I imagine.
The next couple of months will be very busy for other reasons here too. February is pretty much booked up with social events and then the Adelaide Fringe, Womadelaide, The Adelaide Festival and myriad other events are on in Adelaide. It all happens at once which is very frustrating for a person who has to organise childcare and doesn’t have limitless money. I want to go to Womadelaide and haven’t really devoured the Fringe program yet but no doubt will do something there. At least once I finish with the conference, which is next Monday in Sydney by they way, I will be able to relax a bit.
I think a mix up in class lists is okay, as it actually expands their circle a little.
‘Salina started back yesterday also – she was so relieved, as the dreaded strict teacher she was slated for has left!!
Good luck next Monday!!!!
Happy school days for Mum and JJ. I give him a day or two before he’s back to his normal outgoing self. I hope you get that much needed rest Jen.
The Brave says
I hope all goes well with JJ’s teacher this year, it sounds like she was sympathetic to his initial anxieties. Thank you for your kind comments about Mister, to bring you up to date, he is coping ok while in class, but the lunchtimes are a nightmare for hi and he spends it crying. I have spoken to the teacher but she hasn’t been helpful at all, so I think I am going to have to speak with the principal. I don’t want them to force kids to play with him, but I would like some support for him while he comes to terms with it all.
Enjoy all the festival activities coming up.