It is the end of summer break. Well, we are in the Southern hemisphere, so technically it’s winter break. But then again, we live on a tropical island near the equator, so winter isn’t really a thing here. So, dry season break? Whatever. That long break Americans take so their kids forget half of what they learned the year before!
Anyway, the kids have been back in school for four weeks now. There are two schools for the MKs on the hospital station, the elementary and high school. This year the high school is more of a secondary school since half of the students are Jr. high age. The high school has five students ranging from 7th to 12th grades and the elementary has six students ranging from 1st to 5th grades. There’s quite a group of younger kids on station, though, so the elementary school will grow a lot in the next couple of years.
Both schools use homeschool curriculum, with the elementary using basically the same curriculum for all the students and the high schoolers choosing their own curriculum. When we were first planning to move to PNG, the elementary school was using a different curriculum than we were, so I planned to continue homeschooling using the curriculum I liked. However, while we were preparing to come, the parents of the elementary school decide to switch curriculums and it happened to be to Sonlight, which is what we use, so we are sending our kids to school this year. At the end of the school day the kids have “specials” which are electives including art, PE, technology, and sign language taught by other missionaries on station.
The schools are run by missionary teachers. Some stay for one year and others stay for years longer. This year we have Aunt Daniella with her husband Lukas helping at the high school and Aunts Charity and Stephanie at the elementary school. They all are such a huge blessing to the families on station. There are so many components to making life run smoothly at the hospital and the teachers are an important part of making it work for missionary families.
This year our oldest is in Jr. High going to the secondary school and our second two are attending the elementary. There was some reluctance to start school by one of our boys, but he is now the first one out the door and is loving attending. This week and last week our big girl had to miss school from being sick and has been quite disappointed to not be able to go in the mornings. Our oldest is enjoying the independence of being at the high school.
We are very grateful for our dedicated teachers who are an important part of our lives here.