Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014.

That's enough partying! It's time to knuckle down to 2014...

Yesterday we had a family meeting and discussed our plans for the new year. I can now officially reveal to you that this year Roger will be studying a commercial cooking course in Bunbury (cert III in hospitality (commercial cooking) at South West Institute of Technology) and will be living in Busselton with Sophie so that she can attend Manea Senior College in Bunbury, where she will study for her ATAR while also completing a cert III in design fundamentals. Bonnie will start high school and board at the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, while I will stay at the farm with Odette and Hugh, and continue to work in my studio in Darkan. Matthew will stay on the farm and help to look after the sheep while also working for other farmers in the area. We will be share-cropping with a neighbour, so that will reduce our workload (but also our income.)

This will be a major change, and a challenge for us as a family. But that is what happens to families living on farms or in small country towns with no high school. We are not the only ones forced to make decisions which affect our family because of the lack of education opportunities for our children. Two other local families are leaving town to relocate to towns with high schools as their oldest children start high school this year.

We would like to wish all our friends a safe, healthy and happy 2014.