Accelerated Maths & ebook launch

October 8, 2014

Melissa, Nat

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The boys and I have just come home from a celebratory dinner. We were celebrating two exciting things.

The first is the launch of my first ebook. Swallow Me, NOW! is a novel for children and deals with issues such as bullying, starting a new school, and making new friends. This is the realisation of a dream of being a published author. You can check out the ebook here.

The second is a celebration of Nat being accepted into the Accelerated Maths class at school. This means that next year, instead of doing year 8 maths, he will do year 9 maths!

To be accepted into this class, his teacher nominated him, then he had to sit a test to show his aptitude. At parent teacher interviews, his maths teacher had expressed how impressed she was with him. He would always try the extension maths questions on tests, even if he didn’t get them right. She was also impressed with the way he would learn mathematical concepts and the questions he would ask. She was confident that the accelerated class would be a good match for him and his mathematical mind. He would also get good results, even though he would miss the occasional class with leg pain.

All the students in this class went through the same process, and, even though he’s among the younger students in the class, he’s very bright and mathematically minded.

I’m very proud of Nat and all the work he’s done to get into this class. I’m hoping that next year he’ll enjoy maths more than this year, where he complained the work is too easy for him!

The boys and I had a lovely dinner together. Both boys are great company and going out to dinner with them is a lot of fun.

Starting Martial Arts

August 20, 2014


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Before he got sick, Zac did a term of karate with a school friend. He loved it, I think he found his sport. Since then, he has been begging to take it up regularly. Given that he doesn’t have the energy to attend school, it wasn’t an option.

Now that he’s going to be doing school by Distance Education, I figured now was the time to get him started. It would be an opportunity for him to hang out with some other kids his age, as well as doing some sort of physical activity. We have spoken to his Distance Education teacher, and participating in martial arts will count as his PE work for school!

There are two martial arts places in Oakleigh, and one of them was happy for Zac to have a trial to see if he enjoyed it. He went along this afternoon. The first thing was to get fitted for a uniform. The pants were a bit big, but he didn’t care.

We were taken upstairs where he had a session with Sensei Bruce who took him through his paces. Zac learned some martial arts moves and, by the end of the session, he was able to break a board with his foot! He thought that was very, very cool.

Zac was sold and we’ve signed him up for classes. I have spoken with them about his ME/CFS and they are happy for him to attend once a week instead of the recommended twice a week, and give him extra rest time if needed.

Zac is really excited and can’t wait to start classes next week!

Leaving on a jet plane!

September 27, 2013

Melissa, Zac

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Zac and I flew off for our Queensland holiday today, leaving Nat at home with Oma and Opa as he’s walking in the Grand Final parade today and then playing with Auskick before the AFL Grand Final tomorrow! It really is the chance of a lifetime. To say he’s a little bit excited is an understatement.

The boys have wanted to be dropped off at the airport for ages, and finally Zac got his chance. Oma and Opa dropped us off this morning and then took Nat into the city in time to participate in the parade. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it later tonight.

Even though he was excited, Zac was still pretty tired. It’s been nearly 4 weeks since he had glandular fever and he’s still not feeling too well. Hopefully a week in the sun will help him feel better.

The flight was uneventful. Zac had the window seat. When we arrived at the airport in Coolangatta, we caught a taxi to the place we were staying. We arrived earlier than check in, so left our bags and went for a wander to get some lunch. It was lovely to sit in the sun and look out over the beach.

When it was time, we went and settled into the time share unit and had a rest. There are brochures here with some ideas of what we can do. It looks like there’s a market we can visit tomorrow, that could be fun.

It’s nice to have a few days to spend one on one with Zac before Nat comes to join us. I hope he’s had fun in the Grand Final parade today.


Falling asleep at the doctor!

September 10, 2013


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Back to the doctors, for a check up. Zac still isn’t doing too well. We had a while to wait for our appointment, and this is what happened:


Zac only falls asleep during the day if he’s really unwell and he fell asleep on the couch at the doctors surgery!

It’s been just over a week since he was diagnosed with glandular fever. The ER doctor said he would bounce back in a couple of weeks as he’s only 9, but after a week of lying in a dark room, it might be more than a couple of weeks!

I just hope he’s well enough for us to go to our Queensland holiday.

The doctor has given us a medical certificate to cover him for school. Thankfully there’s only a couple of weeks until the school holidays. The GP hopes that the three weeks off school, then two weeks of school holidays, he should bounce back in time for the new school term. She said to keep doing what we are doing – plenty of rest and fluids mostly.

End of an Era

September 8, 2013


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Nat has officially finished his time at Auskick… well, at least until the Grand Final in a few weeks. This morning was his presentation morning, and he wasn’t going to let broken fingers stop him from getting up and getting his trophy.


Unfortunately Zac still isn’t feeling too good. He stayed at home during the presentation this morning.

All that’s left of Auskick is the Grand Final Parade and, of course, playing at the MCG during the Grand Final! All the Grade 6 who are taking part are very, very excited.