Hi All: (a bit of vent coming!)
My 7yr old DD has been placed in a yr 1/2 composite class this year. She is in Grade 2. Now, I don't have an issue with composite classes - in an ideal world I would prefer a straight class but I live in the country and am happy to have composite classes. I was in composite classes when I was child and I dont' think they did me any harm. However, I am not happy with my DD class split. There are 20 Year 1's and only 5 yr 2 girls! Not only that, when her class goes on excursions or teams up with another class in the school it is the other year 1 class. There are two other year 2 classes - a straight yr 2 and a yr2/3
I am incredibly concerned abou the social aspect of this. My DD is already saying she doesn't want to go to school when ordinarily she loves school. The classroom set up is terrible! The classroom is small and the 5 little yr2 girls are all squashed on one table together. My poor DD has to deal with a the join in the middle of the tables and table legs in her way so she can't push her chair in! I was hoping the teacher would rotate this around but it hasn't happened yet and we are in week 6! She is saying she can't concentrate at school because the other year 2 girls are always talking - now I don't for one second think my DD is an angel and I am certain she does her fair share of talking BUT I asked what the teacher did about this and my DD said nothing because she is busy with the Yr 1's. Now i think the reason my DD and her 4 other fellow Yr2's are talking is because they are bored and not being given enough attention or the correct work.
I have had a lenghty discussion with the principal about this and apparently there is nothing they can do, blah, blah, blah it is the only way the number could fit. I questioned what would happen if a new yr2 boy moved to the school? The principals answer - well obviously he won't be able to go into your daughters class as it only has yr 2 girls - so.....there must be room in the other yr2 classes then musn't there....?
and to top it all off the teacher has the WORST reputation in our town as being the worst teacher at the school! I have tried to keep neutral on this as DD is my elder child and I like to make my own judgements but given I have had extended family be in her classes and she is near on 65 it is very hard. I have friends who were taught be her when they were kids who say she was not all the flash even back then! You would think if the shcool had no other option but to go with this split they would have chosen a different teacher? I actually feel sorry for her in a way - how is she supposed to manage such a ridiculous class split?
Does anyone know if myself and the other parents who are also not happy have any options regarding this situation?
All opinions welcome