Posted by: dsduffy | October 26, 2009

Preparing for Prep

Today was the first of 3 events for Cameron as he transitions to “prep” (kindergarten.) The 2010 “preps” met at the school’s playground for a half hour and then we joined in on the weekly assembly. It was so adorable to see him mix and mingle with the other kids and I even got a bit teary thinking about how my first baby will be starting “real” school in a few months.

Thankfully he knew 2 boys from kinder and 1 from swimming so he was off and playing with them. I can’t wait to see how cute he will look in his navy uniform!

This is my first experience with school as a parent, so I don’t know how kindergarten is in the US, but my first impression was very good. They will match each kid with a year 4 child as a buddy to show them the ropes of school. There are “peer moderators” on the playground that will help solve disputes and it just seemed like a great school atmosphere. The school kids ran almost the whole assembly, speaking in front of all the kids, teachers and parents. I was very impressed with the whole presentation. One thing I have to do some work on: learning the Australian Anthem, and teaching Cameron as well.

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.

In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.

In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.



  1. How exciting!! What grade does the school go to? Love that he wears a uniform – wish CH would do that – but then how could kids make other kids feel bad about not wearing ed hardy sneakers if everyone looked the same??


  2. We all learned to sing it in style!!! I am sure it sounds a bit funny with our american accent, but when the kids all sing it, it’s so cute!!

  3. I cannot wait to see the pics of him in his uniform. I went to Catholic school growing up and so wish my kids had uniforms. I think they are SO cute and even better, so much less drama about what to wear (esp with girls). Make sure you post pics!!!

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