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#1 pink moscato

Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:52 PM

We are going to Japan in June for two weeks and again in July to the US for two weeks.
These dates are during school term and my son is starting year 2 in the coming school year.

Would the teacher be ok with this? I will be talking to the teacher as soon as the school  starts but has anyone done this. I feel guilty doing this but at the same time very excited about this 2 trips as my son and I have never been to these countries.

Thanks.

#2 Expelliarmus

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:00 PM

Just make sure you fill out the exemption form and you'll be sorted. It's not up to the teacher, you're his parents, it's up to you.

#3 gina70

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:00 PM

I can't see any reason why it would be a problem.  As a teacher it happens a lot.  I wouldn't see the teacher until closer to the dates though.

#4 baddmammajamma

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:02 PM

It seems to depend on the school.

Our school (as one might expect) encourages families to take holiday time during the sanctioned school holidays, but at the same time, they seem to be accepting of the fact that some families are going to take their children out of school for various reasons.

My daughter is starting Year 2 this year & my son will be in FYOS. I am taking them out of school for 2 weeks (on top of a 3 week school break) so that we can have some time with my parents and extended family in the U.S. in the American summer. We haven't been back in 5 years, and my kids are half American.

I plan to submit my formal "notice of leave" as soon as the new year starts, and I will certainly keep in close touch with my kids' respective teachers so that we can keep up with any time sensitive work.

Actually, I don't intend to go to great lengths to justify to the school WHY this trip is so important. We are responsible parents, and we -- like you -- are making a choice that we think will be best for our kids.

What a fabulous opportunity for your family to visit two new countries! Hope you have some wonderful travels!



#5 The 7 Dwarfs

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:16 PM

I don't think there is a year where I don't take my children out of school for a holiday. My children are generally healthy and don't have many days off. I think despite the holidays they average 2-3 days a term.

It has never been an issue, until this year when 1 of the 5 teachers my children have had some kind of issue with my DS missing the games, movies & parties last week of school to go on a cruise. The other 4 teachers thought it was fantastic.

They learn while they are away anyhow. My children now know about a different culture, which speaks in a different language and uses different currency etc etc.

#6 Lyn29

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:29 PM

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Edited by bye, 29 March 2013 - 03:04 PM.


#7 marnie27

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:36 PM

I'd totally do it. You are giving the teacher plenty of notice and imagine all the learning opportunities he'll have on these trips.

#8 Ducky*Fuzz

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:51 PM

I'd make sure the school knew and if you were really worried ask for a bit of work.  I think doing a bit of reading each night and recording his adventures would be good enough.

Travelling is a fantastic life experience and for two short periods like that, I'd have no hesitation in doing it.

Enjoy your trips

#9 *Lib*

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:03 PM

My DD is going to the US in the July holidays but it will overlap the last week of term 2. It doesnt't really matter to me what school thinks! Its a priceless opportunity. FWIW she's in year 3.

#10 ~shannon~

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:43 PM

My DD is also starting year 2 in 2013 and will miss two weeks, maybe even three weeks in February/March as we are travelling away to have our baby and want us all to be together.

She never missed one day of school this year so I'm worrying a lot about what she may miss, but hopefully the teacher can give me some readers and homework sheets (or something?) so we can at least try and keep her up to date.

I know that the Australian curriculum is so tight now that it doesn't allow for any days off (not even days for sports carnivals, public holidays, etc), so when your school says "every day counts" they really mean it.

Travelling overseas will be a wonderful learning opportunity for your kids, so you should definitely go for it!

#11 Expelliarmus

Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:36 PM

QUOTE (~shannon~ @ 29/12/2012, 10:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know that the Australian curriculum is so tight now that it doesn't allow for any days off (not even days for sports carnivals, public holidays, etc), so when your school says "every day counts" they really mean it.

It's not that tight!

#12 2813665

Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:52 PM

When my eldest daughter was in yr 1 we took her out for an entire term to go to the UK. The school agreed that overseas trips to visit family were important, and her teacher just asked her to keep a diary whilst she was away. Her schoolwork didn't suffer for her being away for such a long time.They also didn't mind when we took her out again for a week the following term so that we could spend time sussing out the area that we wanted to eventually move to.I really do not think that taking two weeks out at year 2 will be detrimental
Caroline

#13 lorywhol

Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:34 PM

As a high school teacher - Please don't do this in Years 10-12. It stresses everyone - teacher and student out!
Until then = go crazy!

#14 IsolaBella

Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:42 PM

DS1 in Prep missed 1week term 1, 1week term 2.

Then 6 weeks term 3 and 5 wks term 4

It was only the 5 wks term 4 that had me meeting with he principal about the fact that DS1 may be missing important things.

He has just finished 1st grade.... Is years ahead in reading and maths.


#15 IsolaBella

Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:43 PM

Oh yeah... I had 4 wks out in year 12. Best thing that I ever did.

I also ranged 2-13 wks out of school most years of my schooling.



#16 lizzzard

Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:50 PM

I am planning a trip to Japan with my two children this year as well. I went into the travel agent today to start costing the trip and made a point of saying I was looking at going outside school holidays because I figured it would be cheaper! DD will be in Yr 1 (in NSW) and as with our holiday back to Canada this year, I plan to put together a journal of photos and notes about the places we visit, the culture, food, customs etc. I figure we'll practice some maths (with currency conversion, transport schedules etc), science (geography, geology, botany etc),  english/language (with simple translations, writing postcards etc) and learn lots of other things along the way. I'm just going to let the school know, but given almost every child in the class took holidays outside school breaks this year, I don't think it will be a problem original.gif

#17 hm6

Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:08 PM

Happens all the time at the school I work at -lots of families go back to visit families. Normally you fill out the exclusion form and it's signed off by the Principal. This is mainly done for their records so it is marked as explained absence. In my experience the teacher normally requests that the parents keep reading to the child but nothing to onerous unless the paren requests it.




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