Saturday, November 8, 2008

Orientation

We went for the P1 orientation last evening. From what I know, our school seems to be the only one who holds it on a Friday evening. I'm not sure of the reason for it, but I really find it's a bad timing. It's scheduled to begin at 6.30, so even though Princess has her dinner pretty early, around 6 or sometimes 5.45 if I finish cooking earlier, it was way too early to be eating at 5. So when we got to the bus interchange, we managed to buy some buns for her and her daddy. However, there were a few glitches along the way which did not allow her to eat anything, such as the fact we didn't know the shortest way to walk over. So we had to go a longer way which took a bit more time but we did get into school just a few minutes before 6.30. So poor girl didn't get to eat dinner till 10pm. She did have a piece of bread after leaving class at 8.30. She's made a friend in class she says, so that's great. :) And there's also one bearing the same name as her.

We submitted our forms which were sent out to us earlier and proceeded to send Princess to her class to meet with her form teacher and classmates. We were to leave her there for an hour while we made our way to the school hall to listen to a talk and filled up forms etc. What I was really surprised to see was that she wasn't the only tall girl there. She's 6 but she really looks like 9 in terms of height, so great that she doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. :) We were joking last evening that when she reaches Secondary school, she'd be looking down at mummy, and I am not short to begin with. ;P

The other thing is that I didn't know that the teachers have been switched so I had told her that it was one teacher but it turned out to be another. Well, but good thing is she seemed quite nice.

What I am really very pleased with the school is that they are really concerned that our kids do not carry heavy bags to school and thus we are supposed to pack the recommended list of books for first day, which will be kept by the teacher in class. Wow, I'm so glad, as any parent can tell you, those books weight a ton and the poor little mites have to drag them to school every day. The advice was to buy a lightweight not big bag, as well as they discourage trolley bags as they do weigh a lot because of the trolley part, even with no books in them. Also, like KY's kid, they do not have English textbooks next year so that is another weight off. :)

They are starting single session the year after (2010), thus the enrolment has slowly been getting less but unfortunately we missed it by a year. I am looking forward to her starting school but I also know that once they start P1 they grow up so fast. And one other thing I'm very pleased is that she is in the yellow team just like I was in Primary school and she's very happy to learn that her aunt and godma were also in the same house. :)

Got to go now to do orders for books... ciao!

10 comments:

Miz Young said...

Ohhhhhh she must be so excited, even if she doesn't realise it yet lol! And when she puts on her uniform for the first time, awwwwww, it'll just hit mommy like a ton of bricks how grown the little princess is!

I'm excited for her too... take lotsa pix of her in school uniform k?

ganache-ganache said...

I think my 2nd girl is the same age as Princess,born 2002. As my kids are born in Singapore, instead of registering, I have to send letters to MOE explaining why they're not enrolled for Primary education !! Oh yes they grow up fast & you know I'm so glad they're in school whole day, finishing at 3pm. I've got the whole day to myself, concentrating on my baking.

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Beau Lotus said...

Yellow yellow dirty fellow...;-)

Wow a new milestone for Princess huh? This is all very exciting especially making new friends, having a canteen to eat in etc.

I wouldn't be able to function on an empty stomach, so Princess has all my sympathy.

And my dear D, soon you'll be doing homework too, school life for kids in Sgp as we know is no holiday.

daphne said...

oh wow! That is exciting! years past so fast huh...

SIG said...

miz young - Ooooo I can't wait to see her in it. And sure will take loads of photos. She already says want to visit Uncle James. Haha

ganache-ganache - Oh, wow, so our girls are born in the same yr. Hmm... So are you in Malaysia for good or do you intend to return? What are their school hours like? They don't start as early as us here?

small small baker - I'll try but can't promise I'll do it. :P

beau - Yes, it is exciting for us both. Like wow, the next generation going to the same school. A huge milestone, yes. Lots of stuff for her to learn and I'm sure Miss Independence will enjoy it. Oh man, tell me all about it. The only thing I'm not looking forward to, is for me to 'go back to school'.

daphne - Too fast. :(

tigerfish said...

I thought it is school holidays? These days, I can never keep in touch...

SIG said...

tigerfish - Oh yes, the school holidays begin end of this week but this is orientation for the P1 kids. :)

ganache-ganache said...

Well, should be for good as hubby's family business is based in KK but the girls will still go back for study one day. The girls' school start at 7.50 am & finish at 2pm & I sign them up for every after-school club till 3pm ! They r in int'l sch of Uk curriculum so they sort of start Pri school one year earlier then Sin & new term start in Sept not Jan so Jf who's the same age as Princess is sort of like in Pri 2 already !

SIG said...

ganache-ganache - No wonder you have so much free time to start cake biz. Haha. Wow, that is many long hours! Wow, so they go to intl school, that's great. Are you sure they'd want to study in Singapore after that? Haha.