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.
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!
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 :)