Back to School – Students of all levels ready for return to school

Elementary, middle school and high school students talk about the morning rush to get ready for class

Jesse Charmley and dad Darrin ride to Ecole Doncaster from their home in the Mount Tolmie neighbourhood.

Elementary school

Commuting to school is a bike-only ritual in the Charmley family.

In preschool, Jesse rode by trailer.

By kindergarten, he had graduated to trail-a-bike. And now for Grade 1, the six-year-old will travel on his own power, riding his (still fairly new) red mountain bike.

“In theory our daily prep starts the night before with lunches but usually we end up putting lunches together in the morning,” says dad Darrin Charley.

The buzzer for Ecole Doncaster rings at 8:42 a.m.

“If we’re walking to school, we leave at 8:15, by bike, around 8:30 [a.m.], never by car,” Charmley added.

Jesse’s isn’t the only morning commuter, as four-year-old Coen is towed to preschool twice a week in Fernwood, either by Darrin, or mom Erin, on their way to work downtown.

 

 

Middle School

Compared to elementary school, Carolyn Phillips says her 10-year-old daughter Allie requires little supervision when preparing for class in the morning.

“She can get herself ready, she knows the time schedule, she can help her sister find things that she needs,” said Phillips. “Allie usually is up pretty early, even before me.”

While she tries to prepare lunches the night before, Phillips said some days she’s making breakfast and lunch at the same time.

The hardest part, though, is usually the last 10 minutes, when Allie and her younger sister Katie are double- and triple-checking that they have everything for the day.

“We have to make sure we have everything we need and whatever else,” said Allie, who’s heading into Grade 5 next month.

“Some days it’s a rush, some days it’s not a rush,” said Phillips.

“It just depends on whether everyone’s co-operating or procrastinating. It’s hard to predict how it’s going to be every morning – I think most parents understand that.”

High school

Of course, everything changes in the teenage years.

Sixteen-year-old Willa Rolfe prepares her own food for the day. And no, she doesn’t do it the night before.

“Between homework and tae kwon do, I don’t usually make a lunch the night before,” she says.

And why would she? Rather, the typical teen is content to put a lunch together in a rush before heading out the door to Claremont secondary, where she’s entering Grade 11.

Twice a week school starts at 7:30 a.m. But the rest of the week, Rolfe, and the rest of the Claremont student body, benefits from the school’s late start time of 9 a.m.

“I think it has to do with the [rural] school bus routes,” says mother Margaret, who’s already guided Willa’s two elder siblings through graduation at Claremont.

They all started at Prospect Lake elementary, which, incidentally, has a much earlier start time.

For Willa, it means a later finish, as her days at Claremont go well beyond the 3 p.m. bell. She’s in musical theatre and is starting stagecraft this year, both of which have after-school components.

 

Just Posted

Victoria’s Other Secret not so secret anymore

How six Mount Doug teachers turned a lunch jam into $11,000 raised for charity

PHOTOS: Inside the opening of the expanded Westhills Stadium

The grand opening of the expanded stadium in Langford is on schedule for Aug. 24

Award-nominated Snotty Nose Rez Kids headline Indigifest 2019 coming to Victoria

Scheduled for Aug. 24, the event is a showcase of Indigenous musicians from around B.C.

Cycslists were all smiles during ninth Tour de Victoria

More than 2,100 cyclists participated

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after Const. Beckett’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

‘It’s just the freedom:’ Paralyzed Broncos player pursuing life on the water

The former Humboldt Broncos goaltender, who started in the net when he was nine, was paralyzed last year

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Most Read