Lindsey and I have been busy touring some of the High Schools in town as she will be starting HS next year. The new school year starts in February. HS starts in year 9 (8th grade) and continues up to year 13 (12th grade). We have some great choices to choose from, and as of right now she has picked the New Plymouth Girls High School. It is an all girls school with boarding facilities. We feel that she will get a broad education with lots of opportunities for vocational training, travel, culture activities, sports and academic competitions in addition to standard academic classes. Most NZ schools require students to wear uniforms. They do this because if the lingering British influence in NZ culture/institutions. While Lindsey and I were sitting in the wooden halls at these school listening to the head students speak about their schools, I felt as if I was sitting at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Witchery. The uniforms with their large crest of arms on the breast and the green and yellow ties and blazers that the boys wore all reminded me of Harry Potter. I even expected to see Quidditch listed as a school sport. Even with my fantasy thinking, I am glad to be a muggle and look forward to Lindsey being a part of Girls High.
|"Hanging Out" on a Sunday Hike|
|Doing the Limbo with a Broom stick!|
Lindsey had a belated birthday party last weekend, and this is all of her friends. They decided a few days before the party that it was going to be a 60's theme, so they came in full hair, make-up and clothes. They are a great group of girls, they all play netball together and look out for each other. They are also some of the best mannered kids I have ever been around.