Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Closing a Chapter...
Today, Brian wore his Singapore primary school uniform for the last time ever. He wore it to his new secondary school where registration for Secondary 1 feeder boys was taking place. He now has his new secondary school uniform, which doesn't look all that much different from the primary one, except that the shorts are longer, more bermuda-like.
He will be attending the one-week orientation and then another week of school at ACS Independent. According to some of the older boys there, there won't be much studying during the first couple of weeks, just lots of fun and bonding for the kids. Brian is likely to know many of his classmates anyway, as a majority of his ACS Primary GEP classmates are also moving on to ACSI and doing the Integrated Programme (which leads to the IB - International Baccalaureate) as well.
His Moscow school is also an IB school and he went through the IB Primary programme called the PYP (Primary Years Programme) during elementary school (which Sean is going through now). In that sense, he will be familiar with how the IB system works when he eventually joins ACSI for good. Of course we are aware that it won't be easy jumping back as ACSI is a top IB world school. In fact, it will be pretty darn hard! I mean, in his Language Arts reading list is a Salman Rushdie book for heaven's sake! But won't worry about that now. I just want to enjoy the fruits of Brian's labour...PSLE is over, time to relax for as long as possible.
Anyway, I'm sure today (and for most of Singapore tomorrow) is a very poignant day for the parents who went with their Pri6 kids to the new school. Our little ones are growing up...sob...which also means we are getting old lor...
When I walked around Brian's spanking, swanky secondary school, I can actually feel the buzz of the school...maybe this is what they call school spirit, you can really feel it. I'm not the one attending the school, but I actually felt excitement welling up inside me...and I know Brian is excited too. I feel somewhat 'sayang' (wasted) that he will not be going to ACSI right from the start. On the other hand, I'm also glad he's getting a different kind of education and experience overseas. So it's all good.
Oh, one excellent news we found out at school today was that 4 Jan 2010 will not be first day of school at ACSI. ACSI was recently awarded the SQA (Singapore Quality Award), it's the first educational institution to receive the award...so 4 Jan has been declared a holiday. School will only start on 5 Jan! Why am I so happy? Well, it means I have the option of returning to Singapore from Malaysia on 4 Jan, when in all likelihood there won't be any jam at the causeway...yippee...
By the way, the messy mop gets snipped off tomorrow. The ACSI Year Director saw Brian at the school office and after saying Well Done when she found out he was in the Integrated Programme, said with a smile, "You do know your hair will have to be a lot shorter when school starts right?" Yikes :)
Mop dos are fine for a Beatle, but not for "A Scholar, An Officer and a Gentleman", geddit son? Wait kena caning then you know.