image by kefuoe
Wow, my kids are starting back at school on Monday after what seems like MONTHS of holidays. I actually pulled Ben out of his Kindergarten after the second of four terms as I knew he was to start Chatsworth International School before his third term of Kindergaten had finished. This meant that he really has had months of holidays.
As an expat living in Singapore with pre-school/primary aged children at different schools, one of the most annoying things is holidays not coinciding. For us it always meant pulling Ben out of Kindergaten for a couple of weeks if we wanted to go on holiday as a family. This doesn't really matter for him, but when you're over the top fees for a 4 year old's kindy, it starts to get irksome.
The Singapore schools follow the Singapore School calender of course (they get a month's holiday in May/June, 6 weeks at the end of the year, and a week in March and September), but the international schools follow whichever calender they choose. Most schools are on the Northern Hemisphere calender, with a long "summer" holiday in June/July/August, while others such as the Australian School follows the Australian calender. This means that they have their long holiday over Christmas, which is summer downunder.
International schools also enjoy all the local Religious Holidays throughout the year. These include Vesak Day(May), National Day (August), Hari Rayah Puasa (October), Deepavali (October), Hari Raya Haji (December) and Chinese New Year (usually 2 days in January/February).
I guess this is just one of the odd things about being an expat. There always seems to be someone in the street on holidays, and so it is difficult to keep up with the comings and goings sometimes. At least now for my family, the kids will have the same holidays. Things really do get easier as the kids get older!
PS. I couldn't resist this photo, found on Flickr. Aren't they adorable!