August 6, 2009

the day to day

Daily Life

As you can see, things are a bit more 'relaxed' when we are between alphabets. I don't post to the usual regime, and it means I get to do things that I wouldn't normally do. Today is one of those days. This morning I have been on a school outing with my oldest son. Firstly though, I want to explain his school...

When we were looking for a suitable school for him we were a bit nervous and apprehensive about what the school curriculum could provide. We didn't want him to be 'boxed in' like we were when we were children.

Luckily we found a little inner city (Wellington) school that catered for all our needs - it is art focused, utilises the city as a learning resource, offers closer one on one teaching, teaches second languages and has children from all over the world attending while their parents are on Fulbright Scholarships, or working at the University.

The commitment to going to this school is the travelling to and from, as we live about 20kms north of Wellington. We really do think it is worth it. - for the scenery alone!! Here's how we started our day...

We woke up here. (well not literally but this is about 4 minutes from our house)

(above image from Virtual Oceania)
We drove into Wellington:

(top image from pbase, image directly above from Wellington City Council)

Gathered at school and wandered up to the nearby park: (the school is so small that they do a lot of sports and learning outside of the school grounds. The park is just above the cable car, pictured below).

(above image from Wellington City Council)

And wandered back to school by 10am. It was such a lovely way to start the day, and I am so happy that our son gets to experience Wellington in all it's beauty at least 5 days a week.

For those of you who haven't been here, it really is an amazing little city that thrives on the arts. We are really fortunate to be able to live, and immerse ourselves in everything that is on offer here.

(above image from pbase)

Coming up on my son's curriculum in the next couple of weeks is: A visit from local artist and illustrator Jacqui Colley, to talk about illustrating books, then the students are going to produce books of their own. They are visiting an amazing contemporary art exhibition that explores the use of recycled materials - and they are even going to a performance of Peter Pan by the Royal New Zealand Ballet! - oh to be a kid again!!!

I hope your day started wonderfully. Thanks so much for joining me.

See you tomorrow! xxoo


kreachr said...

It's great being able to read about the school from your perspective - makes it sound lovely. You always have such a positive outlook :-)

Note to self: stop being so boring and whiney

Anonymous said...

Hi Thanks for sharing that. I am Noah's mum from preschool and we now live in Sydney. I love your blog and your entry today brings a tear to my eye - got to love home. Caroline

xxoo said...

wow Caroline, it so lovely to hear from you : ) It was a stunning day here today - just like all the photos...hope all is well with you and your family. take care, Jo x