The schooling system in Victoria is different from Malaysia, whereby the cut off date of birth eligible for any level is end of April.  For example, if a child turns 4 years old by the end of April in a particular year, he/she is eligible to attend kindergarten (better known as “Kinder”) for children aged 4 years old.  However, if the child is born 1st May onwards, he/she will have to wait for the following year to attend 4 yo Kinder.  Iris misses the boat by nearly 2 months, so I assume she will always be the older child amongst her peers at any level at school.

For the purpose of enrollment, we had to send in application to Moreland City Council and in the application, we need to nominate three kinders (all within the council’s jurisdiction) and two months later, a letter of confirmation will be sent to the parents by the kinder agreed to accept our child.  We placed Will Will Rook Kindergarten as our first choice, upon positive verdicts by a good friend (Husna Sarirah) who sent her daughter, Laila, to the same school.  Following the offer letter, we had to send back a notice to accept the offer.  From then onwards, the school will correspond with us (via mail) of the events that may take place prior to her entry to kinder, which is scheduled in February 2013.  Overall, the process was smooth and let me detail out the efforts taken by the staff at Will Will Rook to ready themselves and the children before they attend kinder.

The long awaiting letter has finally arrived!  I was so elated that I didn't mind that they got my name wrong. :D

The long awaiting letter has finally arrived! I was so elated that I didn’t mind that they got my name wrong. 😀

Sometime in December last year, before Christmas, we were invited to attend a one-hour orientation at the kinder – just for us to view the school environment, get to know the staffs, meet other parents and to settle the fees – which amounts $250 per term (there are 4 terms in a year).  Based on the name list on the wall, there are 18 children in Iris’ group, and to be managed by 3 teachers.  Good, small number.  Easy to manage.

During the orientation, I was given a set of forms that need to completed within a month – which requires me to provide the information about her diet, allergies, her development, the kind of personality that she has, how she deals with anger and frustration, whether she is an indoor/outdoor person, her interest, talent, etc.  I was also required to nominate adults other than her parents, who can fetch her from kinder, in case none of us (her mommy and daddy) can make it.  The form was submitted to the school on another briefing session, scheduled on 30th January 2013 – a day before school.  Together with the forms, we also need to supply: (1) a copy of her birth certificate; (2) health insurance number; (3) a copy of her immunization summary (as early as two months’ old) prepared by her doctor (and I still owe the school this document).

Scheduled briefing / interview on 30th Jan 2013.

Scheduled briefing / interview on 30th Jan 2013.

What is my impression about all this?  It tells me that the school is serious about our kids’ education, even though it is activities/play oriented.  The children paint and make crafts, listen to stories and involve in activities that is meant to explore their creativity and sense of curiosity.  I am  impressed by the efforts done by the school and I am rather positive that Iris will enjoy herself very much there.  At least now I can be spared from her constant demand (to send her to school) in the morning (yay!!)  – and finally she is attending the kind of school that she normally sees on TV.   Something that is really meets her expectation of school ever since she follows Timmy Time.  Oh ya, she has been telling everyone that “Saya sik belajar di sekolah.  Sekolah saya sekolah main-main ajak…”

We are so ready for school tomorrow. Good luck, mummy!!

We are so ready for school tomorrow. Good luck, mummy!!

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