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It was the boy's first day of school yesterday! It wasn't a full day as we were asked to bring our child there at 10.30am! Orientation for the parents was held at that time too. Nenita and I were brimming with excitement as we prepared the boy for school..fussing with his hair and uniform and making sure he has his water bottle and stationery in his school bag. We kept reminding him to remember to keep his belongings close to him at all times! Nenita had prepared a big breakfast for him too as she was afraid he will get hungry pretty fast (he has a huge appetite!)

Aidan seemed quite nonchalant about the whole thing. He simply told us that he wanted to carry his Ben10 bag to school and he was rather happy when we said he looked really smart in his ACS uniform. I was quite sure he would be fine on his first day as he's usually quite sociable and independent. True enough..after we dropped him off at the music room, I saw him chatting happily with some of the boys. I'm pretty sure they were talking about Ben 10 coz he was like showing off his bag to them *sigh*. When it was time for his class to move on to the classroom, I saw that he'd left his school bag on the floor and was about to walk off without it but fortunately, his buddy pointed it out to him so he quickly scampered back to get it..Alamak. Not that I have no confidence in him but I'm kinda prepared that he's probably gonna lose some of his stuff really soon!

The school was huge..A total of 3.5 hectares! The principal was telling us that most primary schools are usually about 1.2 hectares in size (the old school at Cairnhill was) but they were fortunate as they were allocated a site that previously housed a secondary school (Monk's Hill)! The renovation for the school has yet to be completed and several places were out of bounds to us. We were only shown the 'important' areas such as the library, the sickbay, the tuckshop, the administrative rooms and also where our kid's' classrooms were! There were several big hints given on pending donation drives as the parent volunteer who was showing us around commented that the school hoped to have the hall fully airconditioned by end 2009 so that this year's PSLE batch will be able to take their exams in comfort.

We got to pick up our kids at 12.30pm..The boy was waiting there eagerly for us as we were a tad late in getting there and most of the kids have been picked up already.The boy immediately complained that he was hungry and that he didn't get a chance to eat when the teacher brought them to the canteen earlier. He also insisted that he wanted to buy his own food so we let him :) Oh man, I have to say that the prices of the canten food ain't cheap man. I can still remember that during my time, a bowl of noodles was only 20c/30c at most and drinks were like 10c. Okay lah..that's like more than 30 years ago. But I thought that some of the food was really on the expensive side. I ordered a $2 plate of chicken rice and the portions were so small and it barely filled my stomach! Aidan had oyster chicken with rice which cost him $1.60. Drinks were from $1 upwards! Those who've met Aidan will know how much he loves to eat and I'm sure the food at the canteen would be insufficient for him. Thankfully, they do have snack time for P1 and P2 kids so I guess we just have to pack more goodies for him to bring to school. Also, I have to revise his pocket money. Initially, I thought $2 should suffice but after looking at the food menu, I probably have to give him about $2.50 to $3 instead and more when he has CCA.

All in all, I though it was a good first day! The school sure looks impressive!! Some people have the impression that ACSJ is an independent school (Rachel, you aren't the only one). Both ACS Junior and the ACS Primary in Barker Road are actually full government-aided mission schools. Only the secondary school, ACS Independent, is as its name stated, an independent school.

Okay..pictures as usual. Had posted most of this on facebook already so this would be quite familiar to many of u :)

A pic of us before we leave for school for memory sake :)

On the way to school..walking along Winstedt Road..

A view of the school from outside

Aidan looking quite gungho before I left him at the Music Room where all the P1s students were gathered..

The boys heading towards their classroom
Aidan and his new friend/classmate :)

So cute to see the both of them playing and laughing away..
I spoke to the mom. She said her son was an active and talkative boy too :)

The two of them climbing up the stairs to their classroom which was on the 2nd floor..

Just one section of the brand new school! HUGE!

The renovations ain't completed yet..here's a wing that is still under construction

The sprawling football/rugby field. There's supposedly 2 or was it 3 tennis courts.

The eco garden. The students are supposed to plant the flowers and trees :)

This is the Wellness Room aka Sick Bay. It looks just like a kid's bedroom!
It is apparently the most occupied during Chinese lessons.
I still think that they shouldn't have made it so comfy looking heh..

Aidan waving happily at us when we came to pick him from his class :)

There's a Popular Bookstore near the tuckshop..Parents were still queuing to buy textbooks!
Thankfully I'd ordered all of it online!

A snapshot of some of the foodstalls.
There's a total of 8 stalls - ranging from Asian (Japanese & Korean Food), Local fare, western etc..

Check out the prices of the food! EXPENSIVE!!!!!

The drinks cost the same as those in the kopitiam/food court

I wasn't the only parent taking pics of the menu :P

Aidan ordering drinks on his own..

By the way, the strawberry yoghurt drink he had cost $1.20!!

Now for his meal..Oyster Chicken Rice!

makan time!!

look at him go at his food. he was really famished!

The P1 kids were all given a friendship band with the school's motto : The best is yet to be :)

Met an old pal there..Suzi was there as a parents volunteer! Her boy is probably in P5 or 6 now!

Well, Day 1 of school is over. This is really considered a major milestone in Aidan's life and I have to admit that I was really excited to see it all happening. I feel so proud somehow! My boy has grown up so much..it seems like it was just not long ago when he was a li' babe and now he's already in Primary One! I hope that Aidan will enjoy his primary school life in ACS Junior and make really good friends and have a good education! The Best is Yet to Be :)

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Jan. 7th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
wow, so fast, already P1 ! Enjoy school, Aidan.
Jan. 7th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
heh pretty soon, it wil be ur JX's turn to go Primary One :)
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Jan. 7th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
why pri school food so expensive ah? inflation that much ah? when i entered pri sch in early 90s, only 20c for plate of rice with luncheon meat and fishcake leh...though serving was pathetic..maybe kids eat more now..:p
Jan. 7th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
I think ACSJ is one of the more expensive when it comes to tuckshop food and mind you, the serving is still pathetic! Guess we gotta feedback to the school our views!

Yeah..we keep comparing the pricing to the old times when a plate of rice/bowl of noodles only cost 20c/30c :)
Jan. 7th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
gabe's school is also expanding and there is a donation drive for the school building fund during the parent briefing sessions...it was not even a hint, but asking for donation and pledges...hehe...ah well...like the principal said, it is for the benefits of our children lah...so...
Jan. 7th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
i guess donation drives are quite common in school. i understand that for ACS, it is quite frequent so I'm already expecting it. Well, good that there is expansion plan for the school right? Just hope that it expands when your kid is there *grin*
(no subject) - jinsiew - Jan. 7th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - angeliatay - Jan. 7th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 7th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Quite happy I don't have to worry about donations and fundraising etc with Alison's school. I know my brother was quite annoyed at being asked to raise funds so frequently at ACSI - and when you don't raise your target (which is some ridiculous sum), the teachers actually single you out for shaming in front of your classmates.

Jan. 7th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
serious ah (the shaming)??! oh man..but am just wondering whether it is because acsi is an independent school. maybe the 'quota' for govt aided schools won't be too ridiculous (i can hope,can't it? :P)
Jan. 7th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
Wah leow, I remember my primary canteen used to charge only 50cts for a bowl of noodles!

Mission schools are somehow famous for donation drives. My mom didn't want me to go to St Nicks because of this!
Jan. 7th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
heh..everyone seems to remember the time when tuckshop food was between 20c to 50c (depending on which era u were from hehe). During my time, drinks were only 10c!!

Hmm..strangely, I don't remember my school having any donation drive. I was from a convent, albeit an ulu one hehe!
Jan. 7th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
I haven't had the chance to view the school cos I missed out on the school tour last month.
The food cost so much more than the old canteen and my boy went hungry on the first day cos I didn't give him enough $.
Jan. 7th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
oh yeah, ur boy is in the same school right? I remember u writing an entry abt not giving him enough pocket money n it didn't dawn on me then that it was acsj. You have to double his allowance now right!

Hmm..u think us parents can complain abt the food cost? It is really high especially when u compare it with that of the other primary schools!
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Jan. 7th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
I just hope that he grows up well adjusted and makes great friends at the school. I like the fact that ACS has an affiliated sec school so I need not stress again when he's in Pr 6 (unless he does really really badly *choi*)
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(no subject) - angeliatay - Jan. 7th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 7th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Times sure have changed since we were in Primary school!
Jan. 7th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
well *grin*, we were all in primary school quite a long long time ago!!
Jan. 7th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
oh dear, primary school food is so expensive nowadays! i used to buy a bowl of noodles at 40cents.
my brother was from ACJS and then ACS(I) and then ACJC! haha. so ive been growing up with the "The Best is Yet to Be" motto too!
Jan. 7th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
so i guess u were an mgs girl :)
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Jan. 7th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
*sigh* my maid just told me that aidan ate the snack we packed for him during recess (he came up to her after he finished it and handed the empty box to her. she couldn't find him earlier on) so he's gonna be going hungry during snack time later!!

oh..must warn u..aidan only eat pizza with ham,pineapple and cheese :P
Jan. 7th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
So now ACJS has become ACSJ? Where is it located ah?
And wanted to ask you about how your panasonic... you using the LX3? How were the results for your NY trip?
Also.. am guessing you're back with your dSLR now for the above?

And yah! the prices are siao.. even for my time. I dont ever recall paying so much for food. $1.5 was for large portion already.
Jan. 7th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
err..was there an ACJS? I only know for primary school it is either ACS Primary or ACS Junior. ACSJ used to be at Cairnhill (Peck Hay Road) and only moved to Winsedt Road - just behind the Newton foodplace (formerly Monk's Hill Secondary School).

The LX3 is good..somehow, I like the result without flash more. I find the picture with flash a tad saturated..maybe it has to do with my settings. but it did do a good job for me in New York :) Yes..am back to my dslr for a while :)

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Jan. 7th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
you must feel so proud seeing him go up to class and ordering food himself! =] congrats! hope he'll enjoy his primary school life.
and omg, food in schools no are so ex! i remember my primary school meals are always 50cents! =(
Jan. 7th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
lol..everyone seems to be reminiscing the days when tuckshop food cost $50cents!!
Jan. 7th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
some how or rather... i feel so emotional when i see aidan eating on his own and buying his own food. he seemed so grown up now... i still remember that he was a baby when i first start reading ur Lj. Soon it will be my turn to see my boy doing the same...
Jan. 7th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
yeah..so u can imagine how i felt when it witnessed it myself. Anyway, you will go through it soon and it is truly a great and wonderful process (well, sometimes it can be frustrating though hehe)!
Jan. 7th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Good grief! Food at ACSJ is so ex. Err.. I remember giving the girls $1.50 to school last year *oops* but they hv nvr complaint wor.. But we've increased their allowance to $2.50 this year :)
Jan. 7th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
your kids are older than aidan leh! I have to give Aidan at least $2.50 if i wanna ensure he doesn't go hungry !
Jan. 7th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
wah, popular in school! i'm used to seeing only the usual school bookshops. and *gulp* canteen food prices look steep over there.

have fun Aidan! :)
Jan. 7th, 2009 11:18 am (UTC)
yeah..i had the same reaction too..was like fwah, got Popular Bookstore in school!
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