Today our girls went back to school for the new year 2015. After a two month summer break it's a big change in routine - especially since we've just returned from a month's family backpacking holiday in Asia.
Just now the girls are full of the excitement of the new school year. Our eldest is starting high school (grade 7 here in Australia), which means new subjects, moving around classrooms for each lesson, getting a locker, and generally feeling much more grown up. Our youngest is starting grade 5, and this is her first year of wearing the skirt and shirt uniform rather than a dress. She will also get her school laptop in a couple of weeks time, which is another source of excitement and anticipation.
Both girls have Naplan tests this year (government standardized school testing) which is something we will be looking at over the coming weeks and months.
After school sports and activities will start to begin over the next few weeks, and afternoons will begin to fill up with swimming, hockey, chess and who knows what new things this year!
The beginning of a school year is always full of promise and excitement. We're all hoping to make the most of the opportunities it presents to our girls and to us as a family.
Let's see what the school year of 2015 will bring!