This morning Violet had her second school orientation.
We again met Violet's preschool aide there and also the Vision Itinerant Support Manager and off she went with them to the Kindy/Year 1 room. For the parents this week, the information was all about school readiness (maybe they should see if they are ready!: see end of post), P & C and school uniform.
When I went to get Violet, she seemed much more happy than last weeks orientation. She even said she enjoyed herself!
We have her Health Action Plan meeting at the school on Thursday.
Then I would like to make another appointment with the Principal to
stress discuss the fact that they need to pull their finger out and have the new toilets finished in time for when Violet starts school come the 1st February (they are currently still under construction) As the principal has been saying all year "If they are not ready, she have to start later in the term". Now an added drama: even though we had our site inspection well in advance, the kindy room only has stairs as access at the moment and the ramp that needs to be built still hasn't been started, so this is another building modification that has to be completed before she starts. Principal again had the same response "If it is not ready, she have to start later in the term".
Well, I am not impressed nor will I be allowing this to happen. I will be sending Violet on the 1st February regardless to start school with the rest of her peers, as I feel it is her right as every other child to start school on time. The school will just have to cope.
A friend of mine who has spent the past 3 1/2 years organising everything for her daughter in advance to ensure a smooth transition to school, is also due to start school the same time as Violet but at a different school.
Sad to say, even though she has done the right thing being so prepared and getting the school prepared, she is now having to face very similar challenges and then some...and has even been told her daughter will not be able to start until term 2! That means she would lose an entire term of school...why should our kids have to miss out because of other peoples incompetencies!
We have prepared them = they know our children are coming to the school well in advance, We have helped organise funding = countless amounts appointments, paperwork submitted, including assessments, medical reports etc. So how can they not organise themselves?
What happened to inclusion of children with special needs in the mainstream setting...need I ask?
In other news:
We have placed order for Violet's wheelchair through Australian owned and made Mogo Wheelchairs. We still have a bit more fundraising to do, but hoping in the coming months to finish raising the remainder.