Home' Aurora : Aurora November 2013 Contents With Christmas just around the corner,
the 2013 year is rapidly coming to a close.
Currently many parents and carers of
young children are faced with one of the
most important and emotionally draining
decisions they will ever have to make:
choosing the right education for their child.
For some the decision is easy or perhaps,
for a variety of reasons, it is determined for
them. Others are researching the school
of their choice, its history of academic
excellence or sport, reputation in the local
community, stance on important issues or
track record for producing well-rounded
individuals with a moral conscience.
"As parents, carers, or grandparents you
have a choice -- and the right -- to offer
your child the best education available and
in our country having that choice is a great
thing," says Director of Schools Ray Collins.
However, in addition to choosing the right
school, some parents are also faced with
the 'age dilemma' of wondering when to
send their child to school. They question
whether their child will be able to keep
up 'intellectually' with his or her peers.
Others may fear their child is not quite
ready socially, emotionally, physically or
cognitively to engage and participate in a
structured educational regime five days a
week -- they worry about how they'll cope.
With more than 25 years' teaching
experience and as a mother of two girls
herself, Principal of St Joseph's Primary,
Bulahdelah, Joanne Trotter, says preparing
for 'big school' can be an exciting time, but
she believes it can also be a daunting time
for parents and their little ones as they're
faced with one of the biggest changes to
the child's life and daily routine.
"Each year at all schools, parents can
become concerned or anxious as their
child's first day at 'big school' approaches
and they are forced to grapple with
questions like 'How will they cope?'
Ultimately, this is unanswerable until their
child steps through the school gates.
"The best thing for parents to remember
is that they're not alone, it's normal to
feel this way and teaching staff are very
prepared to deal with the different types of
emotions -- child's and parents' -- from Day
One," she said.
Big enough for
BY EMMA BLACKFORD
Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle www.mn.catholic.org.au
At David Lloyd Funerals, we believe
sensible financial planning includes many
things -- like making your will.
For the same reasons, consider
prearranging and prepaying your funeral.
You get the funeral you want, your funds
are secure and you lock in an
Peace of mind for you and
those you love.
For the same reasons you've
written your will
Adamstown 4957 0237
Belmont 4945 9022
Beresfield 4966 5277
Toronto 4959 3600
(from front, clockwise) Matilda
Moore, Nathaniel Matheson,
Sophie Wylie and Alexander
Males participate in the Early
Links Archive Aurora October 2013 Aurora December 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page