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Post by Honey on Wed 19 Mar 2014 - 14:23

Have you enrolled your kids yet?

I just submitted the last of the forms, now the wait begins  blink 
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Post by kandis on Wed 19 Mar 2014 - 18:04

My boy ogres to grade 1 in July next year, here they start school on their 5th birthday, I'm already feeling sad about it, he is only 3 and a half and starts school in just more than 15 months, where the hell does the time go
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Post by elleznom on Thu 20 Mar 2014 - 6:33

We have our forms, but submission only opens on the 7th of April. Just waiting for the days to go by now. We went to have a look at the school last week and it's so nice!

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Post by kajol on Thu 20 Mar 2014 - 6:41

Please tell me what age must they be for Gr R?
is it 5 years old before June 30th?

and then if they born after June 30th, they got the ffg year?
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Post by elleznom on Thu 20 Mar 2014 - 6:45

Gr. R in the year they turn 6. (Regardless of before/after June here)

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Post by elleznom on Thu 20 Mar 2014 - 6:48

I know some people send their kids "early" (if they turn 5 before June) but technically according to the educational regulations (?) they should go to Gr.1 in the year they turn 7 - which means Gr. R when they turn 6. (That's the most balanced, general, average, set age) I went to school age 5, turning 6 in Gr.1 and I HATED it, I will never do that to my children. The forms I got from the school last week for next year, specified that they should turn 6 in the year of Gr.R.

Academically it wasn't a struggle, thank goodness, but emotionally (especially in the beginning) it was pure torture. And later, I just didn't feel ready to face "live" at 17, honestly. I struggled to settle into my studies, as I wasn't really sure what the hell I wanted to do and feel I should have either taken a year off after school (to catch up with the rest) or should have just gone when I was supposed to. You have to do sports with the kids younger than you, you get your licence a year later, bla bla bla. I just sucked.


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Post by kajol on Thu 20 Mar 2014 - 6:50

ok that makes sense...I think...lol
tnx Monz
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Post by kajol on Thu 20 Mar 2014 - 6:59

Another question, are you guys putting the kiddies in public, private or semi private (whatever the hell that is) schools?

and will they be in aftercare at the same school? or at the crèche aftercare? or at home with someone?
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Post by elleznom on Thu 20 Mar 2014 - 7:07

Public, they have aftercare at the school that we will make use off, until such time that I can work mornings only again. (If he stayed at creche which still had Gr. R up to last year - we would have stayed the entire day anyway. Trying to wangle working mornings when he goes to Gr. 1 on wards, or at least from Gr. 4, when exams, etc, starts.)

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1st Beta on 04/03/2011= 225.4 (4w)
2nd Beta on 09/03/2011 = 1293 (4w5d)
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Post by Honey on Thu 20 Mar 2014 - 7:42

I'm also dumbstruck at how fast it went‼ We've submitted to two schools (one being my old alma mater). We took him to visit both and have a look see. Both are great schools, so I'm leaving the decision to him.
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Post by Adele S on Thu 20 Mar 2014 - 7:52

Were you in Bellpark Honey?

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Post by LilianJ on Thu 20 Mar 2014 - 8:12

We have submitted one form so far. We have to wait for 7 April to get application forms for the other 2 schools. And then we have (as a last resort) a lady that does Grade R. She was the principal of the Grade R's at one of the schools we would like Zeke to go to.. But that school is full at the moment.

Zeke will be going to a Public school in the area. Then aftercare at the crèche where he is at. He is currently doing Grade 0 at the school, through the crèche. Then aftercare at the crèche.
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Post by Honey on Thu 20 Mar 2014 - 9:34

Yip, went to Bellpark. A lot of my old teachers are still there, even my grade 1 teacher.

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Post by Kerryw on Thu 20 Mar 2014 - 11:27

We applied and have been offered a place and accepted but I think that is all till next year when they start?

The boys are going to a private school - but a not so fancy one - which has been a source of conflict with FIL who wants them at his old school adn I refuse.

i am just amazed at how conservative adn rascist some people still are - and how it appears when things like schools are chosen. SIL heard that at the school we have chosen discipline is not great cause - wait for it, boys with longer hair are allowed to wear alicebands!!! in my mind that is two plusses self expression and keeping thier hair out of thier faces. The other complaints are that there are too many "black" children in the school? I just have to shake my head ummm we live in Africa! and secondly the school is about 1 3rd black, 1 3rd indian adn 1 3rd coloured so they cant even get thier races right!!!

and despite all of this it turns out great matric results and even better great university results!

sorry Honey to take over - just venting
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Post by Adele S on Thu 20 Mar 2014 - 12:07

I personally am a bit "old" when it comes to things like appearance and feel that long hair for boys in school are unacceptable (that goes for boys and also for girls when it comes to wearing hair loose etc etc)

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Post by Kerryw on Thu 20 Mar 2014 - 12:13

I don't think it long long but just a longer short style as when we visited I did not see any boys with long hair adn we saw alot of the kids between classes.

I just know of one story where a little boy at the school has been diagnosed with gender dysmorphia and the school has allowed him to grow his hair and do girls stuff if he wants to.

Also I went to a school with no uniform or hair requirements and if I look where most of us are now it was not a problem at all.
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Post by Honey on Thu 20 Mar 2014 - 14:50

I'm also very particulat about stuff like that Adele. I for one do not agree on boys wearing Alice bands. Not only does it look stupid, but you also throw them wide open to be teased by their peers - even if its in the name of self expression. I for one am all for being yourself and embracing your individuality, but only when you are at an age where you can do it with the mental maturity needed for it.

I live opposite a semi-private school where no uniform is required. You can literally pick the "cool" kids out - dressed in brand names, cliqued together. The other side of the playfield are the less fortunate kids who's parents probably scrape together to send them there but can't afford the brand names some kids do. I like the idea of school uniforms for this very reason - it levels the playing field in this regard, and looks neat.

Gender dysmorphia as a diagnosed illness can be dealt with this way, but other wise I am old school. Waaay too many kids are allowed to run amok these days to "encourage their individuality" and kak like that.
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Post by Honey on Thu 20 Mar 2014 - 14:57

Kerryw wrote:We applied and have been offered a place and accepted but I think that is all till next year when they start?

The boys are going to a private school - but a not so fancy one - which has been a source of conflict with FIL who wants them at his old school adn I refuse.

i am just amazed at how conservative adn rascist some people still are - and how it appears when things like schools are chosen. SIL heard that at the school we have chosen discipline is not great cause - wait for it, boys with longer hair are allowed to wear alicebands!!! in my mind that is two plusses self expression and keeping thier hair out of thier faces. The other complaints are that there are too many "black" children in the school? I just have to shake my head ummm we live in Africa! and secondly the school is about 1 3rd black, 1 3rd indian adn 1 3rd coloured so they cant even get thier races right!!!

and despite all of this it turns out great matric results and even better great university results!

sorry Honey to take over - just venting

As for the race issue, and I apologise if I offend anyone with my following remark:

Its sad that some parents still think this way, but I too had a to make a choice here. There is a primary school so close to us, Zander and I could have walked to school. Unfortunately, a lot of the kids that attend this school come from very poor coloured families from the Cape Flats. It falls completely out of their area so I have no idea how it works. Anyone from Cape Town would tell you the cape Flats and gang war goes hand in hand, and gangsterism reaches right down to primary school kids. I decided not to put Zander in this school because I was more worried about the elements rather than the race. I don't want my child involved with gangsterism, or attend a school where he might get caught in a gang war. It might seem racist, but this is my child, who I need to protect, and if I am seen as being racist for thinking this so be it.


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Post by Kerryw on Mon 24 Mar 2014 - 8:41

Honey - I am just as big a snob as the next person. I would also not send my boys to a school with kids from the Cape Flats, but it is more about scoio-economic status than race.

The school we have chosen for the boys is not cheap - ok it is not the R80 000 per kid per year DH's folks want us to choose. And I looked carefully at the kids and the cars thier parents drove (:Embarassed) before deciding that they were middle class like us.

Today in SA you have to go on class rather than race I think. I want my kids going to a school with other kids from backgrounds like them with similar morals and expectations. Not gang kids but also not trust fund kids who will never really know what work is or saving for things.
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Post by Joleen on Thu 27 Mar 2014 - 10:44

Fortunately my play school where they currently are does Grade R so next year I make application for BIG school but my play school is a feeder to the school I want to send them to. The nice part is that they go back to their current little school for aftercare where they do homework and feed them so fortunately their little lives are not disrupted too much. We have been advised to prepare for a school assessment test next year which costs R700 per child!!!
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Post by Kerryw on Thu 27 Mar 2014 - 11:28

Not fun to pay for teh assesment.

But there are some schools here in JHB where you have to pay a deposit when your child is accepted and you get it back at the end of matric.

the "deposit" is R18 000 and if I did it for the boys R36 000 more than my monthly salary before tax!!!
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