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First day of big school!

Posted in Family, General with tags , , , , on Thursday, 22 January 2009 by Deems

Melissa attended her first day of “big school” (grade 1) yesterday and here’s a pic in her uniform with her brand-spanking-new suitcase to boot:


"I'm a big, big girl, in a big, big world...."



Kids: 1st Graduation

Posted in Family, General with tags , , , , , on Friday, 7 November 2008 by Deems

We attended our kids’ creche’s graduation ceremony last night. It’s hard to believe how quicky the last 4+ years have gone. Melissa (now 6) is growing up quickly and next year she’ll be going to Grade 1.

Rebecca (2) received her certificate for the year. Lighting is terrible at the front of the stage. 

Rebecca with her certificate

The graduating class walked in pairs from the back of the hall towards the stage holding candles while Josh Grobin’s song “You Raise Me Up” was playing – perfectly selected to give you that lump in your throat.

We’re also very proud of Melissa and her best-friend, Elzaane, for sharing the floating trophy award for being the top performing students of their class. My wife’s sentiments can be read here.

Elzaane and Melissa

You can view the music video below of Josh Grobin performing “You Raise Me Up”.

Kids: Melissa’s dance competition results

Posted in Family, General with tags , , , , , , on Monday, 8 September 2008 by Deems

Melissa did outstandingly in her first dance competition – results are as follows:

  • Jazz (1st)
  • Tango (1st)
  • Box Rumba (1st)
  • Foxtrot (1st)
  • Boogie (1st)
  • Cha-Cha (2nd)
  • Loop-Dans (Walk-dance) (2nd)
  • Well done Melissa, we’re all VERY proud of you!

    Kids: Melissa’s first dance competition

    Posted in Family, General with tags , , , , , , on Monday, 25 August 2008 by Deems

    We’re very proud of Melissa (6) who completed her first dance competition at the Dance Domain studio, in Montague Gardens, on Saturday night. Even though she danced at the same time as other students older than her and in a higher level, she was graded according to her level and age-group.

    Melissa performed the following Latin/Ballroom dances (Bronze Level 1) with her instructor, Andre:

    • Jazz
    • Tango
    • Box Rumba
    • Foxtrot
    • Boogie
    • Cha-Cha
    • Loop-Dans (Walk-dance)

    Since there were a lot of students the results could take up to 3 weeks before we get them. But in the meantime, why don’t you take a look at how she danced by using the video link below.

    [Update – 7 September 2008: Results]