Away for three months and a Schooling Question

by Kate Rollason

Hi, we are sailing around the Whitsundays for term 3 this year. I am trying to work out schooling and boy it feels overwhelming. The oldest is 14 and the youngest is 11.

I've been reading as much as I can on this fantastic website, my plan was to enroll them in distance ed. but we don't want to spend endless hours doing work when we have this small window of opportunity to explore and learn about where we are.

I would love some guidance or tips if anyone else has just done a small trip as well, also I can't guarantee we have internet coverage all the time and post offices aren't in abundance!
Thanks Kate

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Feb 15, 2019
Enjoy your trip
by: Anonymous

As a teacher as I would suggest you speak to your principal about an exemption. The learning your kids will experience on this trip will more than make up for anything they will miss at school.

To get an exemption the school may request they keep a Journal or create a presentation for their class on their return. During your trip I would involve them in reading the maps, tide charts etc. Research things of interest that you come across, such as places, animals, people.

Most importantly enjoy your trip, spending time together in the amazing Whitsundays. We spend a week on a boat there and it is one of my family favourite experiences from our 12 months away.

Feb 15, 2019
Schooling exemption
by: Anonymous

I would approach the school about an exemption. We got one for 6 months in 2017.

Feb 14, 2019
by: Tiph

I would ask the school for an exemption for the term. Keep up with maths and English, and the rest can be left. School principals can grant exemptions to students for up to a certain limit, in most places its 100 days.

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