I had to go to do some paperwork at a client who is about to be dumped by me much to his chagrin.
Then I went and had some lunch on my own at a local cafe. It was so quiet that my coffee and sandwich was presented to me with great flourish by two men at the same time. Sigh.....
After that I went off to my son's school which was having an official opening for the huge million dollar extension that was completed earlier this year. The picture above shows the joining of the old and new building.
Considering that the school was going to close in 1999 and had only 135 students attending it has come a long way. Now there are 665 students. The headmistress is a most amazing person.
The school is what they call a feeder school for the local public high school which is one of the top 5 in Melbourne. If your house is within the enrolment zone it increases the value by 20%. All I can say is thank goodness we are in the zone otherwise I would seriously have to consider sending S to private school which is very, very expensive and I am not sure it actually sits well with my ideas on education anyway.
There is never enough money spent on education and health which I think is a general issue everywhere.
The view below is just one area where you can see the old portable class rooms on one side and the new building on the other. In a few years there will be more building work done. But then the dynamics of the school change as the quantity of kids reaches large numbers. Better to have more smaller schools than great big ones. Seems a bit more personal. Children feel more of a community member than part of a crowd in smaller schools.
Tonight we are off to a disco at the school which is fun for S and his friends. The parents generally get together in their little groups and have drinks and chats. Unfortunately I don't fit into those little groups so K and I just hang out with each other and amuse ourselves.
Makes me sound a bit of a bore when I think of it....