My son or my holidays first?
I guess my son comes first.
Honestly I am still in shock. I never expected him to get the scholarship. Now, don’t get me wrong. I know he is a very intelligent child. But still, to get a scholarship that too in one of the top school in Australia is simply incredible.
For me, I feel vindicated for all the wars I fought for him.
My son was already in a maths acceleration program in Canada and when we came to Australia, though he had only completed grade 3 in Canada, he was placed in a grade 4 and 5 split class, so he could continue with advanced maths.
We arrived in Australia in the last term and he completed the grade 5 maths by the end of the term.
In grade 5, he had the most laziest teacher on earth, who refused to let my son do the grade 6 maths. She had the audacity to tell me that, she doesn’t want to let him do the grade 6 maths, because it is extra work for her!! I had to go all the way to dept of education ( which obviously made me the least popular mother in the school) and got an assessment done for my son ( WISC 4) .
My son was identified gifted and the teacher was not pleased. It was a constant battle.
One thing I always believed that was, the only advocate my children will ever have in their life is me and I will do whatever it takes to make sure that they get the support they need.
I need to mention that, I was not trying to push my son to do more maths. It is he, who wants to do it. He absolutely hates repetition. There was no way he would have gone to school, if he had to do the grade 5 maths again.
I was alienated at the school. ( I still am) Because most mothers find it really disturbing that I allowed my son to grow his hair, I took him out of religious lessons, he reads novels during class etc and to make matters worst, he is still a straight A student. If he wasn’t good academically, then they could point their accusing fingers and blame me.
A day before the new school year, the School puts the new class list out and I noticed that the principal had placed my son in a grade 6 and 7 split where only he and another child is from grade 7 and the rest of the kids in grade 6. I hate to think that the principal was holding a grudge. But there is no reasonable explanation to explain why my son who is already in a maths acceleration program has not been placed in a grade 7 maths acceleration class ( with a class teacher well known for being a maths guru), instead he was demoted to a grade 6 and 7 split. ( where a teacher spends half her time teaching the grade 6 and other half for the grade 7 in the same class!)
Apparently, the Principal’s decision is final. Again, I had to fight for my son. The principal finally moved my son from the split class to a standard grade 7, not the maths acceleration class. Which was fine by me. My son hates repetition, there was no way he would have sat through grade 6 lessons in a 6 and 7 split. He still reads novels during class, but at least he is willing to go to school.
I know I have plenty more battles to fight..
But today, I am just so relieved..that all the wars I fought till now was worth every bit.