MIDDLEBURGH BACK TO SCHOOL
New Academic Year; New School ; New Classmates; New Teachers; New Shoes
Tomorrow #3 son returns to school. Today we met his class teachers, (Colombian and Chinese), and some of his new classmates' parents, only to be surprised at how many have just arrived in HK with kids whose mother tongue is neither English nor Chinese. Oh the joys of an International School!! I bet the next few days are going to be a roller coaster ......
Still he's been looking forward to it all summer... Like most kids in HK he was on summer courses. Last year he did "arts" (painting, dance etc); This year he did sports (Football, Gymnastics, Swimming) and... Yoga. He also did advanced "Lego" Engineering (with motors and things). This, in addition to his summer homework (copious amounts of English and Chinese reading) and weekly Taekwando, Violin. He even had to prepare for a concert last weekend at the Sheung Wan Civic Centre In fact he was been so busy I can do with a rest.
Actually there is a whole load of things I would have liked to have done with him if we had had time
- Table Tennis: he is just about tall enough to play on the tables downstairs (and it would involve less running about for me)
- Learn to Play the HarmonicaHe disassembled the one I gave him to see how it worked - I kid you not!
- War Gaming: he got some toy soldiers last Xmass and I showed him the principles of war-gaming ie using a dice to determine how many men can move, how far, how many are captured or die etc. It was a bit advanced for him at the time, but he got the gist of it. Maybe when he is older....
- Magic; I did consider teaching him some formal magic tricks (but we have no where to keep a rabbit) No seriously I would have to practice first in order to demonstrate the tricks and I really haven't time .. Its a credibility thing.
- Knots: I personally believe every little boy should be well versed in his knots.eg Chinese Snake KnotsThe great think about knots is you just need a ball of string after all you never know when you might want to tie someone up
- I spy: This is a variation of the game I played (occasionally) with MY FATHER. In this variation you are always looking for CCTV camera's ie "I spy a camera over there!..." It's educational in that it trains you to be observant (to find the discretely hidden cameras), gives you an appreciation of where and when you are being watched and is a foundation skill for SERE
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