Friday, January 08, 2010

End of an exhausting week

For the past 4 days, Brian has been waking up at 540am. This seems to be a pretty normal waking up time for secondary school students in Singapore. I think it's way too early :( With orientation activities going on, dismissal has been around 510pm-520pm. By the time he gets back, it's past 7pm. After dinner and bath, it's time for bed...he sleeps at around 945pm.

Today I was in school for parent-meet-teachers cum end of Discovery Camp high-tea. Brian and I took the bus back together and had a very nice chat on the way. We were interrupted midway by an elderly man who commented on Brian's shirt, what ACSI calls the corporate shirt, a really gorgeous t-shirt that I like very much too. This man then said he was an old boy of ACS and proceeded to show us his OBA membership card. He chatted with us till his stop near Anson Road. ACSians are everywhere, I told Brian.

After Brian took his bath, we went for dinner and then Borders, where Brian read part of the 5th instalment of Maximum Ride. Had ice-cream and then the boys started reading again in bed. This was around 930pm. In Moscow, if it were a Friday night, Brian would read till close to midnight. Tonight, he was knocked out before 10pm. I didn't even realise he was already asleep and was still talking to him while facing my computer till my mum said Oi, he's already slept for very long.

He really loves his school and has had a really good time so far. He's psyched about the CCAs he's been shortlisted for and is extremely interested in a Uniformed Group that I'm not familiar with at all. I don't know how kids choose only 1 CCA to focus on, Brian wants to join at least 3 CCAs! In fact, if he could, he'd join 4! I think at Year 1 and 2, kids should be allowed to explore as many CCAs as they want, and specialise only later, and even then, they should be allowed to join 2-3 CCAs. To me, CCAs is what secondary school life is all about, it is how life-long bonds are formed and the best memories are made.

So it's been a crazy week for Year 1s all over Singapore. But while parents feel exhausted looking at their kids, it seems kids are having the time of their life, even if this means being so tired they doze off the moment their heads hit the pillow. Thoroughly exhausted...but utterly exhilarated...what a way to start the year. Me? I'm just thoroughly exhausted. Dozing off right now...

13 comments:

monlim said...

I think the schools have done a terrific job of helping the kids feel a sense of belonging to the school and bonding with their fellow schoolmates. I only had this at JC level. L-A too loves her school to bits and tells me she wants to be a peer support leader next year.

It's a great start! I'm sure Brian must feel sorry that he won't be able to attend school here for long - maybe something to think about for the future?

Lilian said...

Secondary schools are really quite different these days huh? Seems like a lot more thought is put into everything.

Yes, Brian already says he wants to attend ACSI boarding school as soon as possible. But I think he's just like that, he likes every school he goes to. A month back in Moscow, and he'll say he wants to stay in AAS forever. I'm just grateful he fits and blends into different systems so easily.

The important thing about having ACSI as his school, I think, is the sense of rootedness it gives him. So many third-culture kids are missing that, and often don't know where 'home' is. I want the boys to know that even as we travel around, they can always look to Singapore as home.

At the high-tea, the parents look so enthusiastic too. The school spirit is really infectious. It's nice to look at the tall, confident and er haha good-looking older boys and thinking hmmm, that's what our energetic and wide-eyed boys will be like in a few years :)

Babypowder said...

Hey.. how long are you going to be in town for? :)

Lilian said...

Just a short while more...school in Moscow starts tomorrow. Just here for Brian's orientation at ACSI and a bit more.

Babypowder said...

I see.. Hmm.. I guess we are NEVER going to meet up hor?????????

So near.. YET so far. Haha..

Lilian said...

If you're ever around your church area with your little big boy during weekdays, let me know. I should still be around for the next few days...80% chance.

Elan said...

So which are the CCAs that Brian wants to be in. C has decided he wants to be in 3. He got into the soccer team so that is twice a week and then he also has his uniform group and now he has decided that he wants to insult and confuse people in posh language...so that's 4 times a week staying back after school. He can't decide which one of the non-compulsory ones to drop so he is going to just try all 3 for a while. Another friend has signed up for 4, including a sports team training 2-3 times a week and Astronomy which is at night!! I'm exhausted just thinking about his schedule.

Lilian said...

Is C going for debating? I told Brian to go for debating today, but he said if you are selected for sports, you can't choose clubs/societies, only performing arts. He bedek me or what?

He wasn't selected for any sports except Wushu. I told him forget about Wushu and just go for debate, he said he already submitted the form this morning...grrr. He also wants to join Choir; he saw videos of past performances and said they sing current songs, unlike his Moscow school choir...I have a feeling he thinks he's joining some kind of Glee Club!

For Uniformed Group, his first choice is Boys' Brigade. I was a Girl Guide so suggested Scouts, again he was adamant about his choice. So basically, big boy already lah, mummy's input doesn't count anymore, he will choose whatever he wants.

Anyway, given that we're leaving soon, really don't know how CCAs are allocated when he eventually returns.

Puzzled by Puzzles! said...

I agree that CCA is an impt part of sec school life. That's the fun part which instil discipline and teamwork w/o the kids knowing! It's a pity that he has to leave the sch soon. I think give him and yourself another year to think abt it.
After our trip back from Taipei, the kids are comparing between the schs again since sch here started this week. I know they miss their former sch and friends but what to do?

Lilian said...

Yep, CCAs is all I remember of my secondary school-life, not the academic stuff. Will be thinking through these few months...see how he feels again once we're back in Moscow.

I think you guys spent many years in Taiwan, so there's so much to remember and cherish. Our stints prior to Moscow had been about 1.5 years each, and at first I kept comparing the current school unfavourably to his UK prep school. But now I realise different schools have different strengths.

As you say, What to do? right? We just gotta make the best of whatever we're given.

Elan said...

You're asking me, the blur queen?
C didn't say anything about not being allowed to join clubs after being selected for sports. He was just told that sports teams take priority over other CCAs if there is a clash of timing.
Anyway, since Brian isn't going to be around, he can't do any Wushu training so it doesn't matter, lah. Let him choose as amny as he wants and have fun! He can worry about dropping them when he comes back for real?

Puzzled by Puzzles! said...

That's what my good friend say... Cannot compare!!!
That's why my mind is more "at ease" & "at peace" now in 2010! :)

Lilian said...

Sandy: Good to know you are taking a more relaxed outlook. Got to lah, else can get stomach ulcer!

Elan: Chris is probably right...maybe teacher said if clash, sports comes first, and Brian thought it means cannot choose clubs. How ah? So blur one. He already went to Wushu training...he just likes all the CCAs so much, wonder if it's just the novelty of it all...