Summary Saturday: Old School Friends and New School Year
I had a wonderful get-together with some friends from secondary school, a girls’ school in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. It is fascinating to me that our batch of about 400 students has dispersed to and settled down in many different cities around the world. There are about a dozen of us in Melbourne alone. In fact, I have more Classmates living in Melbourne than Mr Yewnique — who went to school here — does!
To be honest, I was never in the “In” crowd at school and when I left I didn’t really keep in touch with many. A couple of us ended up going to the same university (Monash), but even then our paths were not in sync. The other girls/ladies have done a much better job of staying in touch. So as we looked through our old school magazines (Yearbooks), the other ladies who were there were much more in tune with Who is Where and is doing What.
Our last year of secondary school was almost a quarter of a century ago and we are all married with children. While we may have once worried about school tests and griped about compulsory sports practices, our conversation tonight mainly focused on our children and the aches and ailments that accompany aging.
Meanwhile, the new year has rolled in and that means it will soon be the start of a new school year.
The older two have been following the state school term dates and only finished school in mid-December, so they have only ‘just’ started their holidays. However, the younger two have been on school holidays since early November, which makes it just about two months. Two months is a long time to be on school holidays. Reckon it’s time to start school on Monday, even if public schools don’t start till the end of the month!
This year, the oldest will, God willing, start first year at university. He has applied for entry into a local university and hopefully he will get into a course that is right for him. Susannah will be in her final year of high school and is taking English, two mathematics subjects, History, and Psychology.
I will be homeschooling the younger two again and this year we will be studying American (North and South) history as our Core. Benjamin will be starting high school (Year 7), and Elizabeth starts Grade 3.
Looking forward to a good year!