School’s back but my kids won’t be.
It’s the last week of school holidays. School will be back next week and my kids should be returning to class, but they won’t be. Instead, I’m taking them out of school. For a holiday.
Yes, I am one of those horrible mothers taking my kids out of their educational environment to go fly on a jet plane and relax for a few days.
There has been much discussion about this with new ‘rules’ coming into place in public schools, with Principals given authority to ‘grant’ you leave.
Now, let’s clear something up first, I value education. I see its the importance. But do I also see the value in family holidays and world travel? Yes. And do I think this can be more beneficial then school time? Yes, without a doubt I do.
So why am I okay with taking my kids out of school during the school term when we've just had two weeks school holidays?
Firstly, taking holidays during the school holidays are not possible for my partner and I.
It must came as a surprise to schools, Principals and teachers around the country when I say that the rest of the work force doesn't get 12 weeks a year to pick their perfect holiday time. No, we get 4 weeks. And when two of us are working it means we need to line up those holidays if we want to take a family holiday.
And if you both work in somewhat seasonal jobs there is no chance of leave over Christmas/Easter/holidays and, depending on the job, even weekends.
So, for the non-teachers among us, family holidays take careful planning.
Along with this, travelling in the holidays is expensive. In fact the deal we got for our trip next week had block-out dates over all Australian school holidays so we were forced to book outside of them. Convenient, hey.