Today was a rollercoaster.

June 25, 2009 at 9:03 pm 1 comment

I have spent months stewing over where was best to send my kids to school and whether I should move them next year or the one after. I finally decided to move them to Werribee for next year. I spoke to our assistant principal who agreed that it was the best decision for my kids. They run and autism/aspergers program at Werribee which will be great for Owen. I had spoken to Werribee months ago and was told the zoning would be lifted next year so there would be no problem with their enrolling for NEXT year (but not this year).
So this morning I went down to enroll them with forms filled out and was told NO they wouldn’t accept them!
Why? I asked and was answered that they wouldn’t because they go to Glen Devon and they wanted to support the newly merged school (Glen Devon is merging with Glen Orden). Surely I can still choose where to send my kids I say. I’m told no can’t and to speak to the principal of GD. Was also told that they would be ringing the ones who had already been enrolled to tell them they can’t accept them!
By the time I went from one school to the other I had worked up way too much anger and was shaking. How dare they tell me that I have absolutely NO SAY in where my kids go to school. How dare they refuse them on those grounds, surely this is discrimination. Back at GD I met briefly with they lovely assistant principal who basically got me a little more calm and spoke to principal but he wanted to see me…not his doing, nothing he can do, out of his hands etc etc. Why was I told to see him then? So then he says that at a meeting of Principals in the area this morning they had all agreed to refuse enrollments of GD kids at the other schools ‘to support the new school’. I asked who suggested it he couldn’t say, didn’t bat an eyelid when I said well you were in the meeting weren’t you paying attention (I was PISSED OFF). He just went on about not his decision and I would have to talk to head of Werribee.
I tried to call her back at home but was told she was in and out of meetings all day and unavailable but would call me back tomorrow.
I was really ticked off and so I rang the region office. They called back within an hour and he got some more details. The head of Werribee called me back at lunchtime to say sorry and to say they had been advised that they couldn’t take enrollments from GD and had been trying to sort it out all week but it had been resolved and I was most welcome to come back and enroll me kids!

OMG what a drama for something that should have been so simple!

So kids enrolled for next year. I have a meeting with the girl from the aspie/autism program the first week back to discuss the program a bit more and to organise a gradual transition program for him. All good.

Still extremely disappointed to think that a group of school principals can attempt to railroad parents into attending the merged school by cutting off the other options. I urged against the merger as it will be difficult for many parents to get their kids to that school and easier for them to go to others. How dare they discriminate on the basis of which school they attend!
Anyway all sorted for me and hopefully for everyone after my call to region this morning. Mama bear was on the warpath – don’t anyone get between my kids and what I think is best for them GRRRR!

on a good note – then I went shopping and bought new pretty purple shoes!

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She’s coming…… One week of holidays down, one to go…

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Jen H  |  July 3, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Man!! Rollercoaster is an understatement!! Glad it all sorted out!
    Jen H


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