30 November 2013

School--at last!


Erik and Elizabeth finally started school this past week!  After 3 weeks off, they were both ready to get started again.  Here's a picture of the kids on their first day:


They do ride a bus, but it is a very different bus experience that the one I had in junior high.  :-)  It isn't a yellow school bus, but more like a mini charter bus.  There are only about 15 seats, and there is an adult bus monitor in addition to the driver.  The kids have assigned seats and seat belts, and the window are covered with curtains (for extra security).

They go to an ISG English International School.  The school has approximately 600 students and goes from pre-K to grade 10.  Twenty four percent of the students are American, and the school includes over 36 nationalities!

The school itself looks similar to an American school:


Library:


The entrance to the school:


The playground:


The school also has a nice football (soccer) field, outside covered courts that are used for basketball and volleyball, (some) gymnastics equipment, a climbing wall, and ping pong among other things.

So far the kids are enjoying their new classes and teachers.  Erik has Mrs. Bahen (said like bain) for 3rd grade and Elizabeth has Mrs. Senekal for Kindergarten 2.  (Over here they start with Pre-Kinder at age 3, Kindergarten 1 at age 4, and then Kindergarten 2 at age 5).