Well Jack started school last Tuesday. He is in Senior Kindegarden at Princess Margaret Junior School in the afternoon class which goes from 12.50 to 3.20pm. Our neighbour told us to prepare ourselves for a multicultural school and described the first day a bit like a U.N. meeting. He was right! There are three kids in his class who don't even speak one word of english. So far, Jack seems to enjoy it and has made a friend who "doesn't have white hair like me, he has black hair. And he doesn't have skin like me, he has brown skin". I have since discovered that his name is Selim and I think he is Somalian. Jack said he is his best friend so that's great. It will be a wonderful experience for Jack to socialise and learn in a multicultural environment. Each day we ride our bikes to school for drop off and pick up. It is a shame it is only a half day of school as are hoping Jack can enter the last term of grade one upon our return to Australia. We have some concerns that 2.5hrs of schooling will not be enough to keep Jack at the level he needs to be, however his teacher is wonderful and understands our situation we will speak with her after a week or so to see how Jack is getting on.
On the weekend, we went to Ottawa (Canada's capital). A firefighter friend named Pat recently returned from an Australian Exchange and invited Troy to participate in the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial March. We travelled out to Ottawa on Friday afternoon for the weekend. It is an absolutely gorgeous city with many old and historic buildings. The architecture was breathtaking!
We did a LOT of walking that day.
After an early dinner at a Scottish Pub (we had to even things up between the Irish and Scottish), we called it a night. Troy went to meet Pat and the other Firefighters at the 'meet and greet' and tried to fly the Aussie flag (so to speak) at the pub. He has found a beer that he really likes here called "Moosehead". I think it is because when you drink a few too many you feel like you have been hit with a Moosehead!
On Sunday morning, the Memorial March took place at Parliament Hill. Firefighters from all over Canada come to Ottawa each year to pay their respects to the firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty or as a result of a work-related illness (mainly cancer).
It was a very moving ceremony and something we will always remember. We both commented on how it would be good if Australia had something like that. Families and members of the public were able to participate and pay their respects for the work and dedication of the firefighters.