First Day of High School

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 0 comments

Today was Shane’s first day of high school.

It started with a walk down Layard Street from the Junior Campus to the Senior campus, with their Year 8 teachers handing them over to their Year 9 teachers.


It’s a symbolic thing, they call it ‘Ka Hikitea – The Step Up.’ Parents line the streets and watch them , some get a bit emotional. (I didn’t cry – I may have got something in my eye though.)

Shane came home from school saying he’d had a good day. He was tired and hungry, but obviously feeling good about his new school and the years ahead. He liked his teacher (said she reminded him of the drama teacher from High School Musical) and was looking forward to starting his classes tomorrow.

Old Friends

Thursday, 12 January 2012 0 comments

Today was a good day.

Years ago, when Shane was 5, he started school at Shirley Primary School in Christchurch. On his very first day of school he sat next to a little boy named Harrison. It was Harrison’s first day of school too, and they quickly became best friends as they learned together and became familiar with the new school routines. They knew each other a little as they had both had a couple of school visits together before their big first day. Shane and Harrison were best friends right up until we left Christchurch four years ago to move down here, and then unfortunately with time and space between them, they lost touch.

It turns out Facebook can actually be good for something, as a few months ago, Shane and Harrison found each other on Facebook. They started chatting and catching up on each others lives. Then this week, Harrison’s cricket team came down to Invercargill for a tournament.

Today, Shane went to watch Harrison’s cricket team play at Southland Boys High School. It was great to see him with a big smile on his face, talking about how comfortable he was with Harrison and his teammates, as though time and distance had done nothing to change their relationship. He was stoked to spend time with him and find that he still had lots in common with his friend, and that he had not changed so much, like other friends who he’d recently caught up with through Facebook who appear to have changed quite drastically.

It was a good day for him, and he’s looking forward to seeing him again in march when we all head up to Christchurch for Aunty Karla’s wedding.

A special treat that came in the mail today

First Post

Monday, 9 January 2012 0 comments

As sort of a New Year's resolution, I've decided to keep a detailed record of the kid's daily happenings this year. 2012 is a big year for us, and for Shane in particular it's his first year of high school. So this right here, is to be something like an online scrapbook for friends and family to keep in the loop of what he's up to (instead of just getting grunts, or one-syllable replies when you ask what he's been up to lately!)

I've sort of got a bit of an idea how it'll look, but as I play around with it, and as the year progresses, I'm sure it'll shape itself. Hopefully those of you interested enough to come this far will enjoy watching Shane's journey unfold on the pages throughout this year.

Happy 2012 everyone!

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