Ayla starts her new Primary School today.
For the past 2 weeks, she has been reminding me about her (approaching) big day. Her excitement is visible, without any anxiety or fear - unlike other kids starting new school.
She woke up early this morning and was ready by 06:00 am. Dressed in her new uniform, she really looked like a big school girl. The bus arrived around 06:35 am and she boarded with a big smile. Some hugs and kisses, and she left for school. Sophia accompanied her today (and will do so tomorrow), I will oversee the third day (to observe that she is getting along well).
This day is a culmination of more than 8 months of our volunteer work at her school, to secure her admission. Even though we live within the 1 km zone to the school and are Singapore citizens, we were told that the school can be oversubscribed. (Schools in Singapore have fixed seats and some oversubscribed schools go for balloting. We certainly didn't want to take any chances with balloting). We made sure her seat was secured early on. The volunteer work was typically done from 06:30 am to 07:30 am for traffic duties at the school by me and Sophia, over these months. The duty occasionally involved managing the classes for their half-day learning journeys (to sites), and overseeing sports activities for the school.
We happened to reach the orientation much earlier and had plenty of time to go about the place and talk to teachers.
Since then we have brought her a few times to the school to get her used to the new school.
For the past few months I have been regularly talking to her (without making it too obvious) to get her prepared. I felt that psychologically she was ready for the new school, and her happiness reflected it.
I believe that guidance is the key to success, for a child. It sets the child's mind on the right track, and gets them thinking. What they think about most of the time, translates into their interest, and actions. Then, the extent of their success is determined by their intellect, talent, and discipline. As a parent, the responsibility lies in translating this into daily actions.
Then, at 07:30 it was Adi's turn to go to his school. He was a bit moody before putting on the uniform, but once our superhero suits-up .. then there is no turning back.
He will be in Kindergarten for next 2 years. He missed Ayla as they used to go together every morning, but once he reached his class he got busy with his friends and teachers. When I called him after school, he even talked about his best friend 'Shuay Pang' on the phone.
Both the kids were so happy with their first day at new class / school. The feeling is really something - the crisp new uniforms, smell of new printed books, shiny new pencil boxes. For a moment I wandered down my childhood memory lane.
Here is wishing both Ayla and Adi all the very best and success in their studies, at their new school and class respectively.