Today is Tuesday and both my kids are off school.
Here in the ACT we have this thing called "Moderation Day". It applies to the Catholic high schools across Canberra as well as the senior schools (years 11 and 12) across the private and public system.
Moderation Day for the senior schools has been designed and implemented by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies to ensure the compatibility, validity and quality of grades and assessment across the region.
I'm not sure why the Catholic system has decided to do it from year 7 onward (Google isn't helping me out with that one) but I'm sure it's for similar reasons.
What it means for us is that teachers are off doing strategic teachery things, while the pupils spend the day at home.
Yep, that was a very long way of saying that today is a pupil free day for both my kids.
This doesn't bother me at all because I'm one of these mums who is already at home. But I can imagine for the parents of younger teens it might cause some issues for working parents.
I've noticed that lots of people treat this as a bit of a yahooo day off. Organising activities, sleep-overs, day trips, a day at the trampoline place or hanging out at the mall.
I'm one of these horrid mothers that thinks this is the perfect day to finish off assignments and get ahead with school work.
I know, I know. I suck.
Which is strange, because I'm also one of these parents who is happy to take my kids out of school for travel and life experiences, but if they're telling me it's a "moderation day" mid week so that teachers can plan, then I'm thinking that's a great time for the kids to plan too.
So anyway, today I thought I might try a more balanced approach. Be less of a study ogre and more of a study fairy (so to speak).
This morning I'll be helping the kids finish off a major assignment each and then this afternoon we'll head off to the movies to see Hidden Figures. (Hidden Figures seems somewhat educational, don't you think?)
Does that sound feasible?
Tell me, do you have Moderation Day in your state?
What does Moderation Day mean to you?
Would you be a study ogre or the totally fun parent?