Kiwi School

30 Jul

So much for post bombing! It’s like time is part of the Bermuda triangle here. That shit just disappears.

The kids started school last Monday – less than 48 hours after we got to Napier. I hadn’t really really thought it through. It was all just part of the planning process. Book tickets, contact schools, rent house, buy car, get to house in time for kids to start term 3. In a completely new school, with no friends, surrounded by English and strange things like kids running round with no shoes on, apples and pears being eaten whole and everything, and lots of Yo’s, and ‘what the hecks’ and ‘nahs’ being thrown round left, right and center.

Ryu had a mini panic attack it was all just too much for him. Marina spent some time in his classroom but every time she went back to her own classroom he would start crying and it was too much for the teacher too and so at lunch time I went and picked him up.

The other two coped – just. Shou said he didn’t say anything but understood everything and Marina just did everything in Japanese and pretended like the rest of the class could just take her lead on this shit, cause she sure as hell wasn’t going to get this whole English lark.

Come Wednesday and they were all fine and Ryu’s teacher said the difference was amazing and he was coming up to her and asking for help with stuff and joining in.

Come today, a week later yet, and Ryu has two star awards already and spent all afternoon barefoot, Marina got the class medal and I when I saw her this afternoon just before home time she was singing a Maori song with the class, and Shou has two friends and a girl he ‘likes’…. he is also throwing ‘what the heck’ around like ya wouldn’t believe.

All of them like school and there is no dragging of feet in the morning which is a huge relief as it must have been a hard week for them last week. I thought it might take longer for them to fit in and like it but apparently not! Kids are amazing resilient and adaptable creatures.

They have the school disco next Friday – theme is white winter so if anyone has cool costume ideas that don’t involve me plaiting Marina’s hair and taping carrots to Ryu’s nose then do tell.

In soon to come (I hope) posts – still not drinking and now doing lots of exercise but not losing weight as NZ home to kebabs and yummy sauces and licorice, and trendy cafes on every corner…

Will also post about work and the Japanese girl currently in residence – who is having a fabulous time.

Hope everyone is Japan is managing the humid humidity.

Right, off to do the kids readers and have some Feijoa and peer juice…





5 Responses to “Kiwi School”

  1. Tracy July 30, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    Isn’t it amazing how quickly and well kids adapt. Having each other nearby I think probably helps too. They might not want to go home to Japan. Good luck with the disco, I am sure you will come up with brilliant costumes 🙂

    • gaijinwife July 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

      Yes, totally agree. Is GREAT they can meet up to play before school actually starts, at little break and at lunch! Just the support they need and this experience is already better than when Shou went to school alone. He liked it but there was a bit more ‘I don’t wanna go mum’. For costumes I think I’ll just snow queen makeup and glitter Marina and the boys if they feel so inclined – or else I’ll get fur and make a polar beer mask or something for them 🙂

  2. Ruth July 30, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    I’m so happy everything is working out well so far. I like Marina’s style, she’s such a trendsetter! High five for the dry July and so what about not doing loads of exercise, you don’t want to make too many radical changes at once!!

    • gaijinwife July 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

      Marina’s style – as in just wear all the clothes you send her at the same time…. Last day of July today! wow. and am doing loads of exercise but current eating patterns aren’t conducive to losing weight. Am feeling great though! Now I just need to get me a pole cause that is making you look absolutely fantastic!

  3. Mrs. N August 3, 2014 at 6:51 am #

    Just catching up….sounds like the kids and mommy are having a fabulous time!! I was thinking too that they might not want to go back to Japan! looking forward to more stories..!!

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