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Old 08-27-2015, 09:15 AM   #11
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We have been having a hard time for a long time but things seem to be very overwhelming right now. Our son is 11-years-old Iíll call him Mitchell Ė one of his names. He was subjected to persistent severe physical, emotional and verbal bullying from a group of boys in primary school. We withdrew him when he was strangled in the playground. He has finally agreed to and commenced counselling for related emotional and behavioural issues which mainly present as an issue at home. At the moment, there are number of stressors. He is due to transition to secondary school in January and we have concerns about which is the best school for him. We donít want him to be returning to the same group who were bystanders to the bullying. However, we have been attempting to buy a house in the neighbouring zone to avoid this situation and keep coming up against financial barriers. I have an interview for the possibility of some casual work and Iím wondering whether this is wise or viable given his current well-being? I also have a serious chronic illness, RSD type two with extensive nerve damage to my neck and arms, and Iím not coping very well with his behaviour at home. Both my husband and I would like our relationship with him to improve as he is constantly pushing the boundaries at the moment. Please pray for healing, guidance, peace and strength-maybe a house too. Thank you Booklover

Booklover,

Prayers are with you and your family. My son and daughter-in-law finally removed my grandson from the school system during his 7th grade and began home schooling. The relief my grandson has with not having to deal with the mean nasty behavior is very evident.

My daughter-in-law really enjoys working with my grandson and he loves his "teacher". There are so many programs to aid in the Home Schooling of children. She can now work on the things that most need improvement. It has really turned out well for all concerned.

Last year would have been his freshman year in high school.(It was decided the Home Schooling would continue.) This is working out beautifully as well. I asked him last week "when do you begin school"this year? He looked at his mother and waited to hear the start date. He has built up confidence in himself which is so very important. He has become a lector at their Church once a month.

Again; the programs for Home Schooling are amazing. Additionally, many internet programs include teaching with the "teacher"(my daughter-in-law).

Of course, this is not for everyone. I, myself, had doubts. But seeing how well he is doing emotionally as well as the confidence in himself he has shown is amazing.

Praying all will work toward peace and harmony in the home.


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Old 09-17-2015, 10:46 PM   #13
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When you get a chance would appreciate some updates on your son, as well as job possibilities.

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When you get a chance would appreciate some updates on your son, as well as job possibilities.

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Hi all,

Thanks for your prayers and kind thoughts. Things are moving very slowly here. I've been sick with an infection an asthma the last few weeks but I'm gradually recovering. I didn't get the job but I feel at peace about it as I don't feel it is the right time for our son as he is not coping well with the amount of change he already has to deal with. He did say he was glad I would still be around for him. I have been looking for a position for several years now and my health issues and the lack of flexibility around hrs /duties/gaps seem to be a major issue for employers. I'm beginning to think, sadly it's time to accept the inevitable, especially as both my health and my son's is so up and down. When I have less on my plate, I plan to consider volunteer work. In regard to houses, there has been nothing within our price range coming up in the zone although there are a couple of people thinking about selling. I have several real estate agents I meet with each week but so far no luck. We are we are ready to sell ours as it is a townhouse we have outgrown, although we will miss it as it is delightfully located near the river where you can hear the birds fly over and is close to parklands and walking tracks. Our son has been up and down but overall he is improving. He is stressed about not finding a house in the zone yet as all his friends are talking about going there. His latest thing is to refuse to go to counselling when he was just starting to make progress. School holidays start this afternoon. Your ongoing prayers for a breakthrough are much appreciated, Booklover
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:38 PM   #15
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Hi all,

Thanks for your prayers and kind thoughts. Things are moving very slowly here. I've been sick with an infection an asthma the last few weeks but I'm gradually recovering. I didn't get the job but I feel at peace about it as I don't feel it is the right time for our son as he is not coping well with the amount of change he already has to deal with. He did say he was glad I would still be around for him. I have been looking for a position for several years now and my health issues and the lack of flexibility around hrs /duties/gaps seem to be a major issue for employers. I'm beginning to think, sadly it's time to accept the inevitable, especially as both my health and my son's is so up and down. When I have less on my plate, I plan to consider volunteer work. In regard to houses, there has been nothing within our price range coming up in the zone although there are a couple of people thinking about selling. I have several real estate agents I meet with each week but so far no luck. We are we are ready to sell ours as it is a townhouse we have outgrown, although we will miss it as it is delightfully located near the river where you can hear the birds fly over and is close to parklands and walking tracks. Our son has been up and down but overall he is improving. He is stressed about not finding a house in the zone yet as all his friends are talking about going there. His latest thing is to refuse to go to counselling when he was just starting to make progress. School holidays start this afternoon. Your ongoing prayers for a breakthrough are much appreciated, Booklover

Thanks for the update. Sorry to learn of your health issues but it appears you are feeling better and that's a good sign. Obviously you are much needed at home especially since your son confirmed he is glad you will be around for him.

Pray all will soon work out.


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Enjoy the school holidays. I'm not sure where you are situated but the weather here is just gorgeous. The down time will do your son a lot of good as well. I'm hoping that something comes up in the school zone too.

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Enjoy the school holidays. I'm not sure where you are situated but the weather here is just gorgeous. The down time will do your son a lot of good as well. I'm hoping that something comes up in the school zone too.

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Thanks Lara, we are in Melbourne. End of school holidays was enjoyable with lot's of my son's friends visiting. Now school has started back we have had some warm weather and he went to a friends for a swim after school, unusual for October in Melbourne. Yesterday, we went to see a house in the school zone but it was so expensive and in very poor condition not currently livable. There is a more affordable house just out of the school zone which is in really good condition auctioning Saturday. It would involve a complicated option of renting in zone and then renting it out. We're trying to see if we can make this happen but I think sadly we'll run out of time for this particular house. There's no point buying it if he hasn't been able to get a place in the school first. Houses and rentals in the zone have been so few this year and the prices have been pushed up by negative gearing and international buyers as it is a popular investment area. I'm hoping somehow it will all work itself out and we'll find a way.

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A brief update, as a last resort we have rented a place in the school zone and are making one last application. We missed out on buying the house in walking distance because we were in limbo as we still didn't have a place in the school.He is very sad that he doesn't have a place with his friends who have helped him move on from the bullying and was crying under the table one day. This is our last option along with an appeal. So if we miss out at least we'll know we gave it our best shot for our son. The whole process has been very tiring and stressful. I keep hoping everything will fall into place and get easier. I find it hard managing extra things with a chronic illness but I'm sure you all do.. I keep hoping we'll only have to shift once not twice.

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Thanks for the update.

Is this for transport purposes?

Is it the Education Department in Victoria who says you have to live in the zone or you have to live in the zone to get a school bus?

I'm pretty sure people up here in Qld can go to schools out of their zone if they have good reasons. Things may have changed over the years though. It sounds way too complicated for you unfortunately. It shouldn't be that way.

I'm wondering if you've spoken to the Principal at the school you want and if they can do something to help you. I would have thought a school would go out of their way to fit your son in under the circumstances. Afterall it's their job to give your son a safe and practical environment where he can be educated.

The school year is ending in a month or so, so hopefully this can all be sorted out properly before the end of January.

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Thanks for the update.

Is this for transport purposes?

Is it the Education Department in Victoria who says you have to live in the zone or you have to live in the zone to get a school bus?

I'm pretty sure people up here in Qld can go to schools out of their zone if they have good reasons. Things may have changed over the years though. It sounds way too complicated for you unfortunately. It shouldn't be that way.

I'm wondering if you've spoken to the Principal at the school you want and if they can do something to help you. I would have thought a school would go out of their way to fit your son in under the circumstances. Afterall it's their job to give your son a safe and practical environment where he can be educated.

The school year is ending in a month or so, so hopefully this can all be sorted out properly before the end of January.

take care of yourself.
Thanks Lara for your care, most of the schools in our area including this one are designated neighbourhood zoned schools, by the dept. Transport is poor across suburbs but it's the zoning itself which dictates school catchments as the first criterion for acceptance is living in the zone. The fourth criterion is compassionate grounds and we sent a written application to the principal outlining the circumstances but we were knocked back as he said the school is full. He said we could appeal the decision to the dept which we have done. I think we should have a decision in the next few weeks or sooner.

It was certainly all much easier when we were young. I think the infrastructure and planning hasn't kept up with population growth so basically there aren't enough places locally for everybody who wants them.

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