Firstly 'monsoon' ... many congratuations to your DD
My DD started last September ... scary how time has gone by
and she was so excited to go to AHS - wanted to go there from the moment she looked round the previous year.
Generally she has settled in well and making new friends. A good sign is that she is still happy to get up at 6:30am to get the school bus and comes home with a smile in the evening!
Homework is not as bad as she initially thought, but when you compare it to primary school then it seems a lot. The amount of work can range from 40 mins to 1½ hrs - but generally, being a quick worker, she gets in done when she comes in from school and then has the evening to herself!!! Obviously as she moves up the school the homework will increase, but speaking to parents at other schools (grammar and secondary) this applies to them also!
The school bus is the social time, when the girls (and boys - AGS/AHS share the bus) catch up on things. Initially I was worried about how my DD would cope, there were a few hic-cups with friendships (who sat with who
) but these seem to have sorted themselves out, and generally my DD enjoys the journey to and from school.
Your DD will have the opportunity of joining the House Music and House Drama groups (plus many other groups/clubs). My DD loves the House Drama - which for us was a real surprise because prior to going to AHS would rarely put herself forward for anything - now she's putting her name forward for things all the time.
I have to say it's more us parents that worry about our DCs - they seem to get on with it ... there will be friendship issues as there is in any school and as a parent all we can do is to help/advise our DCs on the way forward with these. Already I see my DD growing up
and that's only since September.
I'm sure that there will be parents with issues at AHS (as there are with any school) but generally our DD is happy there AND if she is happy ... then as parents, so are we