Now, after two months of freedom from the routine activities of the classroom, it is time to begin the task of getting ready to commence another academic year, starting on Monday 5th September, 2011.
For many students the holidays were used for overseas travel to visit family and friends, while for others, some of the weeks were used for participation in one of the many camps that were organized in July and August.
At the beginning of every school year, a basic routine to prepare a child for the reopening of school is adopted. So with only one more week to go, the priorities have shifted to a scene of parents taking care of the final shopping and arrangements for the purchase of books, uniforms, payment of school fees, changing the sleeping habits of their children and trying desperately to re-focus their young ones, back into a mode of learning. This is always a task much easier said than done for most parents and guardians.
While going through the last week of school, parents have been taking the time to talk with their children, to make them aware of or to remind them of what is happening in the world at this present time. Some have also indicated that they have started the discussions with them about drugs, gangs, guns, peer pressure, violence, the law, as well as the attitude they portray to others.
Other parents have used the remaining days to liaise with teachers and school administrators about new policies and requirements that take effect from next week.
Some families have already started the process to re-introduce the old daily routines at home; preparing schedules to balance time for homework and responsibilities at home.
While most students are not too excited about the end of their vacation and as much as the gloomy end-of-summer sadness is lurking, there are also those younger students who are happy for the re-opening of school, eagerly awaiting the time to enter that new class or new school.