Apologies for the delay. We had a useful meeting with the Principal, thankfully we get on quite well with her. She explained how the school is having to get in line with the International Baccalaureate system and as such the school have had to revisit the whole strategy of who goes where in the primary school. The upshot of this is that Joel will be going to P2 next year. This is more akin to Year 2 in the UK as the school needs to fit with a more international standard. This is generally a good thing as at the moment the school system is a bit stuffed by the South African families who expect it to fit with their understanding of the school system. In SA children start a year later than in Blighty consequently Joel has some 8 year olds in his class! Anyway, Joel will be moving up which we're pleased about although the reasons for him moving up aren't necessarily right. Please hold him up in prayer as he does have his struggles with school.
We actually came away from the meeting more concerned about Eli than Joel and we'll have a clearer idea after a parents meeting on Wednesday as to what we will do. In the midst of reshuffling children around, Eli will be moving from pre-Primary straight to Reception next year. We're not overly happy for a number of reasons. Firstly, we love the Nursery teacher and really want him to have a year with her. Secondly, we're very unconvinced by the Reception teacher, Joel didn't have a great year in her class. But probably most important of all is the fact that Eli's year in pre-Primary has not been about preparing him for Reception so it would be quite a big leap for him.
We'll go to the meeting on Wednesday with open minds but would appreciate prayers for wisdom.