Greetings from Mindanao!
Right now we are in my parents’ house, back again after more than three years. Raviv seems to be having the time of his life. Indeed, the past days have been anything but boring and monotonous especially for our little boy. If only I already have my own laptop, I’d have blogged about it earlier. Unfortunately, my MacBook Air hasn’t been repaired yet. The technician said that the all-in-one chip needs to be replaced, and he doesn’t have a spare. 🙁 He said he has been ordering these chips since three months ago. Until now, nada. Which means I either have to go back to PowerMac or buy a new laptop. Or wait for however long it takes. Sigh. So right now, I’m at the mercy of the people from whom I borrow laptops.
Xavier School Kindergarten Entrance Exam/Test
Anyway, Raviv’s “hectic” schedule started last Friday when he took his first ever “big school” entrance exam at Xavier School Nuvali.
The night before his exam, I was already prepping him up for it.
I: Raviv, are you ready for your test tomorrow?
Raviv: What’s a test, Nanay?
I: Test…it’s an exam.
Raviv: What’s an exam, Nanay?
Raviv really can’t grasp what a test or an exam is because even if he started going to school as early as 1.5 years, all schools he has been to (Rainbow and Gymboree) are progressive and do not give examinations to students. So we just explained that the exam will determine whether he is ready to enter the school for big kids.
Since his first exam (the group activity) was scheduled at 11 a.m., I pulled him out of his class at 10:30. I let him eat his snacks while in the car en route to Xavier. The guard directed us to the David M. Consunji Administration Bldg.
When we arrived, we just waited for a while and then Raviv and the other applicants were called one by one for their group activity. All of them were boys.
I was told that this activity was necessary to see how an applicant interacts with other kids.
After about 15 minutes, Raviv’s group was done. Raviv excitedly ran towards us and reported there was a playground. We were then instructed to return at 1:45 p.m. for Raviv’s individual test. The indivudual test ended at 2:35 p.m.
After the exam…
I: Raviv what were the questions in the test? What did they ask you to do?
Raviv: There were so many.
I: Can you tell me?
Raviv: I forgot.
Then after a few minutes in the car…
Raviv: Remember Tatay when we saw a hippo at Manila Zoo?
Randy: Wow you still remember that? That was long time ago!
Raviv: Yeah I remember everything…
I: O if you remember everything then why do you say that you’ve forgotten the exam at Xavier?!?
Raviv: That’s because I don’t wanna talk about it. OK?
Walastik na bata! Lalo tuloy akong kinabahan—sobrang hirap ba kaya ayaw n’ya nang pag-usapan? In my heart, I feel that he would pass the exam talaga. I really think he’s ready for big school. But still, I don’t want to discount the possibility that he may have done something that would cause Xavier to reject him. Randy says that if it happens, that’s fate telling us already that it’s not the school for Raviv.
Why Xavier School?
I’ve already mentioned that even if Raviv makes it to Xavier, we still aren’t sure he’ll actually go there. Randy is still hopeful that Raviv would end up going to a Los Banos school.
Actually, if you asked me 5-10 years ago where my future children will go to school in elementary, I’d have mentioned the name of a private school in Los Banos without batting an eyelash. I even used to wonder why in the world do some parents still enroll their kids in other private schools given that it’s as clear as day that when it comes to academics, this school is arguably the best. But many things have changed: the faculty of that school, my take on education, where we live and work, etc. Moreover, I’ve also been exposed to students of more schools north of Los Banos and Metro Manila. So my perspectives and standards have definitely changed.
In the early part of the year, it was a toss between Acacia Waldorf and Xavier. I’ve read so many glowing reviews and articles about a Waldorf education. Parents who send their kids to Acacia Waldorf highly recommend the school to me.
I love the idea of educating a child’s “head, heart and hands” through science and math (head); arts, music and literature (heart); and home economics, agriculture and carpentry (hands) equally. However, to get the most out of Raviv’s (expensive) Waldorf education, we also need to extend Waldorf practices at home. And although I’m willing to make these changes (in theory, at least. Ewan ko lang sa tunay na buhay), Randy isn’t. So really, there’s no reason to even pursue it.
So by default, Xavier it is. I have specific reasons why of all schools it’s in my shortlist, but let’s save that for another blogpost. For now, let’s just all hope and pray Raviv did well in his test!
Tell me what you think!
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