In Fangshan, the slow move into summer has begun. The sixth grade students have finished testing, the middle schoolers are in the midst of theirs, and the elementary schoolers are beginning to finish up. Our oldest on-site child, Peter, has been done with his high school testing for a few weeks.
Another long, hard school year is finally ending, much to the relief of most.
The sixth graders who are testing this year are Maggie, Sarah, Tim, Thomas, Eric, Sally, and David. This test, the middle school entrance exam, will have a large impact on their educational future as they strive to meet the standard to continue in their current school. Fortunately, all of their grades indicate this will likely not be a big problem for any of them.
Peter, the teenager mentioned above, is taking the high school entrance exam which is much more of a challenge than the middle school entrance. Depending upon his score, Peter will either be allowed to continue in public education for high school or, if he does not score well enough, will attend a vocational school of his choosing. Among our previous students who have taken this test, a slim majority has continued to high school, with the rest currently in vocational school. Peter has been studying hard to prepare and if effort is an indication, he should do very well!
Testing is not the only part of the end of the school year. Some of our children who have older siblings are seeing their sibling return, as seen below with Maggie, Ryan and Hannah. Hannah has been attending a vocational school and came back on June 9 for an overnight before returning to their family home, spending time with both her younger siblings who she was responsible for for many years – the picture on the left side is of the three siblings years ago, directly prior to moving into our Fangshan facility.
Once everyone has finished testing and the semester has officially ended, in early July, our Fangshan children will return to their living relatives – uncles, aunts, or grandparents – for the two months of summer vacation. Their departure from the Fangshan facility is always bittersweet, but continuing to foster the relationship with their living relatives is healthy for the children’s development.
Following their summers off, the children will return on-site and our sponsors will hear from them about their time with their relatives. To get in touch with any of these children, become a sponsor by following the links in each name!
Next week, we talk about summer in Fuzhou. Since our home in Fuzhou is for children without living relatives, things there are quite different, and summer is often a bit busier than usual!