Turning mirrors into windows

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” ~ Sydney J. Harris.

A window helps expand your horizons, while a mirror only shows you what you already know.

Yep, it’s that time of year again – back to school time!

Ethan went back last Tuesday, and Tyler started today. The last 6+ weeks of summer holidays have been great, and I’m kinda sad that the boys won’t be home with me anymore. Especially because these holidays may have been the last ones that I’ll be working from home. But they were both ready to go back, and to be honest I will enjoy the peace & quiet. ;-)

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Ethan is in Year 8 this year. His last year of intermediate. He’s got 2 of his best mates in his class. His teacher is female, 25 years old and sporty. She surfs, snowboards, skydives and loves every kind of sport. Needless to say, he’s pretty stoked about that. In an email I received from her today, she said “I’m so glad Ethan is enjoying being in the class and has settled in well so far. He’s an absolute delight to have in the class!”
Ethan has 3 school trips next week to look forward to – Surf Lifesaving at Muriwai Beach on Monday, rock climbing, archery and bush survival on Tuesday, and kayaking, raft building and orienteering on Friday. HE WILL BE IN HEAVEN. Plus, Rob is helping on one of the days (how could he NOT?! Those things just scream “Rob”).
Thanks to the new BOYD (Bring Your Own Device) programme for Year 7 and 8’s this year, we bought Ethan an iPad which he takes to school with him each day. I’m not sure how it happened that he has an iPod Touch and an iPad, while I don’t even have a smartphone, let alone a tablet!

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Tyler is in Year 5 this year. His second to last year of primary school. He’s got the same teacher that Ethan had in Year 5, who just happens to be Ethan’s favourite teacher of all time. Tyler is really happy to have his best friend in his class again. Today he also made a brand new friend; a boy who is new to the school. Love that he always befriends the newbies. He’s such a kind boy when it comes to things like that.
Tyler is now used to being at school without Ethan, but I know that this year is going to bring even more changes for him. Senior school, more responsibilities, more independence, preparing them for college in a couple of years’ time. Ethan changed a lot during those last 2 years and I am expecting Tyler to do the same. In fact, I think Tyler will probably take a lot more of the opportunities that will be available to him. He’s a natural leader and much more of an extrovert, so likes to get involved and try new things.

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I’m pretty sure that 2014 is going to be a great year for the boys. They were both beyond excited about going back to school. They LOVE their teachers and have good friends in their classes. Yep, I reckon it’s going to be a good year! :-)

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6 thoughts on “Turning mirrors into windows

  1. Wonderful post Hannah! The boys are both so awesome and handsome. I’m so glad they are happy. Ethan will be more than excited about next week – sounds like great fun. Tyler was really happy yesterday after his first day too. You can be very proud of them – the way they are maturing and their love for life reflects a lot on your parenting. So proud of them both and of you and Rob. LOVE you ALL. xx

  2. Your boys are both looking so grown up now. Makes such a difference when they have a great teacher and a couple of friends in their class. Maybe you could ask santa for a smartphone this year for xmas

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