Shee Yun has passed the entrance exam to Wesley School. That means she will be skipping Primary 6 next year and will be going straight to Form 1. She will be studying in an international school. That is something I have not expected. All the while Michelle and I have expected that our children will go to either a private Chinese school, or a good government school. We tilted towards sending them to a good government school. I have always felt that international schools are only for the very wealthy. It was through a chance encounter that Michelle learned that Wesley School despite being an international school is not as expensive as we thought.
Shee Yun is very happy about it. She doesn't have to sit for UPSR. Now we need to start worrying about whether Chen Rui can pass the entrance exam next year, and also skip Primary 6 to join Shee Yun at Wesley. Next year they are going to different schools, so we already need to think about how to manage the logistics of sending them to school and fetching them.
The children's secondary education will be expensive.
We plan to stop both their English tuition and BM tuition. English tuition is expensive, and the place is far. We have discussed stopping it before, but I decided we should continue because I wanted the children to learn under a different, Western style of education. This approach in teaching encourages children to be creative and to explore, as opposed to the Eastern style which is more about discipline and practise practise practise. I wanted the English tuition to teach them attitude and perspective more than content. Now that we are going to send the children to an international school, they will already be learning under this type of system, and English language will also not be a problem. We are stopping BM too because they will no longer need to cope with the high standard set by the government. I think the BM standard is simply set too high for Chinese primary schools. The children should know BM, and Wesley does teach it, but I don't think they need to be very strong in it. We do want them to continue learning Chinese. It is offered as an elective, but only if there are enough students signing up. I don't know yet what we will do if there aren't enough students for the school to start a class. Something for us to think about.
Chen Rui fell sick because of Pokemon GO. Last Sunday I went to the park in the late afternoon to walk and to play Pokemon GO. Chen Rui wanted to go with me. We only made one round around the lake, because she walked more slowly, and often had to stop to catch Pokemons. She fell sick in the evening, and didn't go to school the next day. She had a fever. It was already 6:30pm when we went, so it should not be too hot. Maybe she just lacked exercise, so even playing at the park was a bit too strenuous for her.
Michelle told me Chen Rui is selling her drawings to her schoolmates for RM2 a piece. She enjoys drawing, and her schoolmates like what she draws. I'm not sure what gave her the idea to sell her work. Initially she sold them for 20 sen. When she told Michelle, Michelle said that was too cheap. Not because she wanted Chen Rui to make more money, but because the value of artwork should be more than that. So Chen Rui decided to sell at RM2 instead. These are her drawings of Pokemons. She just imitated, but I think she did it well.
This is Eevee. I am amazed by the eyes.
This is Charizard.