Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Updates...

Thought I'd do a general update of a couple of things...

The Boys Classroom assignments for 2010.

Yesterday we found out which 3/4 class Luey was moving up. In case you don't know, our boys go to a school that has multi-aged classrooms. So, the Preps, 1 and 2s are in classes together, then the 3s and 4s and finally the 5s and 6s are together. This encourages kids to work at their own pace and to learn from each other.

So, in theory, Luey should have had the same teacher and class mates (more or less, there are always students leaving and new ones coming in each year) for the past three years. Unfotunately, for Luey, it hasn't worked out that way. The teacher he had as a preppie didn't get along with him, so we had him moved. Then the teacher he had as a 1st grader moved to a different school this year, so he got a new teacher. Three teachers in three years! And now he's moving up to middle primary, so yet another new teacher.

So, yesterday we found out he's going up to the class he wanted to go up to AND his two best mates from his current class are going with him! He is RAPT to say the very least. I feel sorry for his new teacher, LOL! The three most vivacious kids from his class all moving up together! But it'll be great and we're all excited for him!

So, then there was the issue of Erik possibly being moved from his 3/4 class to the new additional 3/4 class that was being formed to accommodate a surge in enrolments. Three times we were asked if he would move. He was keen to move because two of his friends from other classes would move if he did, too, but we felt the move would not be in his best interest as it always take him a while to settle into a new situation and the anxiety that inevitably brings leads to distracted and distracting behaviour in him. The school would give us NO assurances that he wouldn't be moved, so we were beginning to believe they were prepared to just run their own agenda on this one, and Dave was setting up to give them what for if they did...

Crisis averted! Erik is staying in his current class! Not only that but THREE good friends, including his best friend in junior school are moving up to his class! He's beside himself with joy! Turns out the two kids who were also going to be in the new 3/4 class pulled out when they heard Erik wasn't going to be there. So, now we believe we understand why the teachers and the Principal were putting some pressure on us. Erik was a kind of lynch pin that was holding the threesome together and would have made it easier to form the class with three volunteers moving over... I personally think that grouping would have been disasterous, not only for the teachers, but for Erik as well, and I don't think the teachers and principal were really aware of what dynamic they were encouraging.

So, both boys are excited about starting 2010...

My eye-straightening operation.

I've been keeping an eye on the mail for the past couple of weeks, waiting to hear from the Eye and Ear Hospital with regard to my eye-straightening (purely cosmetic) surgery. I went for an assessment in June/July and back then they said I'd be contacted in around 6-9 months for with an op date. I was hoping to have the operation during the holidays so that we didn't have to work around school and kinder and baby schedules.

Anyway, was visiting a friend yesterday and got a call on my mobile. It was the Eye and Ear hospital and they wanted me to come in on Friday for a pre-op admission to have the surgery on Monday!

Eeeeeek!

Monday is what? THREE days out from Christmas??? We celebrate Christmas Eve here - but also Christmas day for Dave's family. That's cutting it (pun intended) all a bit fine! I would have the op on Monday, come home on Tuesday, rest on Wednesday, have a low key Christmas Eve of Thursday and MIL over for Christmas Day on Friday...

Dave is really worried the op might end up complicated like my gall bladder op was earlier this year and that that would ruin Chritmas, but this op is so different from the other one. Nothing is being removed. I imagine my left eye might be sore for a while, so I might need panadeine, but I can't imagine it would be anything like recovering from complicate gallbladder surgery.

The time is obviously not great. I only got offered this time because someone else cancelled, no doubt because it was so close to Christmas. I did ask when the surgery would be likely to happen if I didn't accept this time slot and was told probably not before February. February would actually be worse because I'd be doing my course by then, Bryn would have newly started Kinder, the boys would be at school. Ari would already be dealing with not seeing me for most of three days a week, to then also be away from me overnight might just push him over the edge...

Another thing that keeps playing on my mind is how I'd like to get this done this year. I don't want to contaminate 2010 with 2009 stuff. 2009 has been a very challenging year for all of us. It started with my gallbladder attack (literally on New Years Night)... So much else has happened this year. If I could get this op done and be well on my wait to recovering by the time 2010 rings in, that would be an excellent bookend to the 2009. I could start 2010 fresh and new...

So, there you go...

1 comment:

Nic said...

Yay, good news all round then !! Goodluck for your eye op, hope you recover really quickly.

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