Our 9th school tour...

Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
Trip End Nov 20, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, July 26, 2012

We wake up later than expected. We get less done than intended.  And we are in a lot more of a rush than we had planned to be. 

But Woody is feeling loads better and we are all pretty chipper.  So we raz around and get out the door almost on time.  Woody is pretty excited to be at preschool and has take lots of drawings of 'brian the lion' as well as the actual toy.  He is treating this with the utmost seriousness and is so earnest and lovely.

We head to preschool and Woody is briefly reluctant to be left.  But Noah catches his smirking when one of the teachers attempts to pick him up, and really struggles. 

Noah and I head down to Varsity Lakes and according to the sat nav we are running 5 minutes late.  We have a tour of the junior school.  Although late, we do not miss the tour and we head off with a couple of other prospective parents, the principal and 2 senior students.

Firstly, the school is vast.  The primary school has something like 1,400 students.  It has 9 prep classes.  And everything about the school is impressive.  The prep classrooms and the structure of the preppies day would suit Woody so much, he would thrive.  Big classrooms with lots of break out areas just full of imagination and inspiration.  And the children’s work in the lower grades is very impressive too.  There is a lot we like about the school and so much we think would work for Woody.  Unusually, the school teaches values around Stephen covey’s ‘7 habit of highly effective people’ – one of my all time favourite books.  At last, we may have found the school for Woody.  All we have to do is move house so we are in the catchment area....

Right, very comprehensive school tour over and I am off to do an interview in Robina for my column.  I scoff some food on the way and I meet up with a super lovely lady from Seattle.  We chat for ages and have really nice time. 

Then I head back to the shops to find Noah.  We resist the temptation to shop or eat Mexican and just head home. We eat lunch, and Noah gets on with work, and I listen to a lecture on subtraction.  I really enjoy it.

At the end of the lecture we go and get Woody.  He looks a state.  And is teary when we collect him.  He has hurt his finger and has a band aid on.  Woody absolutely hates band aids but he did not mention that to the teachers.  His regular teacher was away on a course and they didn’t do his special news.  So he is upset about that too.  He also looks a state.

We take him home.  There are tears on the way and when we get in he sits on the sofa with a biccie and milk but he is just not himself.  He has a go at dinner, but can’t really face it.  I’ve made Turkish apricot and almond pilaff and it makes us all feel a bit squiffy.

Woody goes to bed, Noah works, and I get on with some course work before my tutorial.  I stock up on ginger tea, and have a 2 hour tutorial, which again, I love.

But at the end I am pooped.  I blog a bit, watch some TV and then go to bed.  Noah stays up and works and I doze off.
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