I am working through one of those 'I wish this decision didn't rest solely on me' moments currently.
John has turned three. And that's when private schools here interview for the start of school at age 5.
I knew that, somewhere in the back of my mind.
But for some reason I thought I had at least six months before I had to think about setting up private primary schooling for John.
As long as I've lived here, the local primary school was always going to be actively avoided for any children I may have. After marrying Ian, he and I had planned to move to a different part of town and into a better school zone. Problem solved, kids won't be going to this school.
But obviously that didn't quite go to plan.
John and I are still in the same house.
Still in the same school zone.
So late last year I started to look into private schools in the area, including one that was recommended by a family from our church. Yep, that one looks good.
- Strong academics - students are winning scholarships to top level private high schools.
- Good language teaching program.
- Very active sports program
- A smaller Christian school with a strong community.
Ticks a lot of the boxes Ian and I had, plus some I added to my list once I knew I was making schooling decisions on my own. So to the top of the list it goes.
But I really wish the decision wasn't on my own head.
About this time last year I looked at high schools (back to front, I know), but then Ian's mother was actively involved in the selection & decision process. We agreed on the choice of school, and for the same reasons.
But she too is no longer here, so I'm making the primary school decision on my own.
Late last week, I figure it's time to get a move on, so I look online to find out when they may be doing tours and meet and greets for potential families. I find their first newsletter for the year posted, so take a read.
And have a minor panic attack when I read the Principle is currently interviewing families for the 2016 Reception intake.
Once my heart rate slows down, I make a phone call. Thankfully they still have places available for the intake. We have an interview with the Principle and school tour booked for today.
Now to hope they'll send an offer of enrolment after they meet us...