Finally we have school orientation dates for Violet!
They are the 9th, 16th and 23rd November. Unfortunately, Violet can not attend the one on the 23rd as we have her appointment in the Physical Disability Clinic the same day. We will have to have additional orientation days for her anyway.
When I asked the schools principal the other day if he had anything in place for Violet when she attends these orientation days i.e assistance, safety etc as we have to leave her there, he said no. So, as she was approved for the Kids on the Move program which helps with transition to school providing 11 funded visits, I have opted to use 2 of these funded visits for these orientations. What other choice do we have? She cant just be simply dropped off there with nothing!
There is also an information night that the Kids on the Move are providing and they like the preschool and primary school teachers to attend for the transition process. I asked him if he would be able to attend and of course he said he is not sure yet. Well, let me tell you if he doesn't try to attend, I will not be happy at all. I know they are all quite anxious about Violet's start there and if they have the opportunity to talk to someone that knows her i.e her preschool teacher, he will have a better idea about Violet.
He also mentioned that most of the parents are aware of her starting school in January and they are concerned about "how the community will cope" and also "how the school will cope" I was shocked! I think if they already have that mentality then the next few months/year, there will be some very interesting conversations.
All I said was that we are unsure how Violet will cope with school ourselves and that all we can do is wait and see. As far as the community goes well...I don't give a damn as Violet is entitled to attend there and be given the chance to have the same opportunities as every other child there regardless of her labels!