Today, Eve began a new adventure…school Aussie style! When we first started talking about having this family adventure, one concern was school for the girls. Last year, when Lawson and I made our recon visit to check things out, we visited colleges and university for both the girls. In the past, we have tried to find just the right school for the girls. We have tried a variety of educational styles and with each there have been positives and negatives. We decided with this adventure to just allow things to unfold rather than trying to find just the right fit. One of the schools we visited last year for Eve was Lourdes Hill College. It is an all girls Catholic school. While we are not Catholic, we felt warmly received. The school draws on the practices of Benedictine spirituality and the story of the Good Samaritan which should be a really good fit for our Eve. Eve is a deeply spiritual soul who loves service! This will be an adventure for our sweet girl! We really appreciated the sign hanging on one of the walls at Lourdes Hill that is pictured below – Always Keep (your mind) Open! Open heart, Open mind! Here are a few pics from day one!
Since uniforms are a required part of school for every student in Australia (unless you attend a Waldorf school), it was really not too big of a deal for Eve. Today, she looked like every other 15 year old girl here! Our tibetan terrier Felix was not quite sure what to make of Eve at first. First he barked, then he wanted to make sure this was really his big sis!
This is a photo of Eve’s new school from the side of the river we currently live on.
As we were walking down to meet Eve at the ferry stop this afternoon, this wonderful rainbow appeared on the south side of the Brisbane River right near Eve’s school! We decided this was a good sign for her first day! Sure enough, Eve walked off the City Cat smiling! This whole adventure is about learning and stretching and growing. We are so impressed with our girls willingness to embrace this opportunity to not only learn about another culture but to learn about themselves as they open their mind to new and interesting ways of seeing the world! No matter where we live, we are all connected….Somewhere over the Rainbow…..