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...