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Moving Up Day

April 1, 2010

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The school system in Vienna is very much different from ours or at least how I’ve known it. No honor rolls, no recognition or graduation days, no moving up days as per tradition dictates. The school does have the Tag der offenen Tür (Open House)  where incoming students can visit the school and see actual classes going on but not exactly classes that they will be in the next schoolyear.

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For today, I’m posting photos of my two older kids during their first schooldays. Kids are “elligible” to attend grade school at age 6. My daughter is holding her Schultüte (schoolcone) filled with school stuff and sweets.  She was 7-year-old here because she attended a one-year preschool class despite knowing how to learn and write at age 5. Prior this year and former years, there’s a deliberation for each kid set per appointment by school directors and they determine if the kid should be sent to preschool or to grade 1. Since she could read and write and draw well, she was set for grade 1…I however thought that it’s still early for her (she’s a July kid and school starts September) and somehow, though not related, I wanted her to grow a bit more…(she’s actually the smallest in class lol). This decision was not easily understood by some, thinking that my daughter had problems that’s why she attended preschool… 🙁

Summing up though it’s just the same, all kids in Austria are to attend compulsary  9 years schooling; 4 years in grade school then 4 years in middle school and another year  for Pflichtschule (technically means compulsory school). Not completing school is punishable by law. Here you will see which parents want to further their kids education as some would let theirs work blue collar jobs, one race (I won’t mention which) dominant here is known for this. Since dawty attended preschool, she doesn’t need to attend Pflichtschule after middle school.

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Bigger boy (6 in this photo) was also born in July but the new law states that only those who needs more time to learn  German and a bit of writing and reading should attend preschooling. This is in line with the government’s integration campaign, as it could happen that immigrants’ kids have difficulty since they only speak their mother language at home. The program is closedly linked also with the Kindergartens the kids attend prior to school. Unlike ours (or how I remember my kindergarten class), the kids there mostly play, do art crafts, go on fieldtrips to museums, theaters and zoo/parks and other establishments, no writing and reading yet (I taught my daughter how to and she in turn taught her brother). 😉 I was advised by the Kindergarten pedagogues that it will be boring for him to be in preschool as he can already read and write at age 5…so off he goes to grade 1, and my opinion wouldn’t have mattered anyway if I asked the director to include him in the preschool class.

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As for the little boy, he is past that phase where he would play with dolls and nothing but dolls. I wrote about this phase more than 2 years ago, now he has completely forgotten about them. Not that it’s a bad thing for boys to play with dolls but he has learned that there are other interesting stuff than them. Little Big Planet is a game for kids (and kids at heart) aged 6 and up, so the little boy is seldom allowed to play, on Friday and Saturday afternoons only. 😀 If you ask me, I prefer it when he was still small and playing with dolls…but we all move up in our own way so I just go with it and always keep the memories of how he once was…how my kids were.

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  1. Dito, hindi rin uso ang graduation, until mag hs at elast.Medyo windang din ako sa school system but other than that, wala ako reklamo. 🙂
    Btw, I will also put your badge in my Mommy blog ha, I collected badge kasi not just the link. 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing about the educational system there. Pretty much similar here, no graduation rituals except in college and grad levels.
    I like your boy playing dolls before. It’s the same with girls playing with cars and boy-related toys. Oh, these are just common stereo-typing. In our modern times, both parents play equal roles such as dads also take care of babies so why can’t boys play dolls? That will teach them the role to take care of their own babies someday the same way as women also drive a car, used to be identified with men only. The world so changes and so as our roles. Kids pick them up around.

  3. Your post is very informative. I haven’t read the word pedagogue in a long time. Its a mouthful to call our ‘teachers’ with it. I wish we had that rule in the Phils too and youd be punished for not completing school. Will link up your blog, Mommy! Have a great weekend. 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing the education system there–iba-iba din pala ng sistema ng mga schools noh?Meron na naman akong bagong natutunan!Thanks!^_^

    btw,thanks for dropping by and Ihope you don’t mind if I grab your badge.it’s easy for me to comeback if have the linky badge.have a nice day!

  5. Hi =) i always wonder how to live in Austria.. i guess medyo malalaman ko na.. good na po ba kayo dyan? Anyway, we lamost have the same edu system here in japan.. di rin uso ang recognition day.

    Thanks for sharing.. happy weekend

  6. thanks for sharing, mommy. i learned something new again. education system there is far more different from here. the idea of schoolcone is nice. hope we could have something like that in schools here.

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  7. Different schools have their own policies that we can’t help but follow. It becomes even more challenging if the kids study in another country, like yours. I’m sure you had a lot of adjustments, but as Filipinos are a resilient lot, I’m sure you have gotten the hang of it by now. Thanks for sharing, Mommy!

  8. its great that you shared about the educational system there.. every country is set up quite differently.. but i believe parents know whats best for their kids, in the end…

    happy mommy moments

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