Well Term Two has started for the Queensland School Year.
The Opening of the XXI Commonwealth Games Ceremony was a great experience for Kyah. She thoroughly enjoyed the entire process. She met some truly lovely people and made some really nice friends. Had some amazing worthy-for-the-memory-bank experiences.
For example: when she was on camp for rehearsals, she was able to see some of the world’s best athletes training. Morning and night, these various athletes would be doing their thing right in front of her and the other participants. She told me all about it, knowing how much I would have loved that. Priceless memories for her.
She got to learn a bit more about the Aboriginal Culture that she a part of, and that, too, was a great benefit.
We left early the next morning and drove south. Called in to Port Stephens to see her dad, helped me teach a Stability Workshop, saw some friends (others we just didn’t get time to see), and then drove to Sydney to see grandparents.
We managed to spend a few hours with a dear friend of ours, Neil. He used to fly fighter planes for the RAAF. He took us around Fighter World at Williamtown. It was great to be up close and, on some occasions, in the planes.
These are some of the planes we looked at in Fighter World, Williamtown. A great place to go if you want to see some old, and relatively new, fighter planes and jets.
It was a whirlwind of a time. No rest, too much coffee, (me!) and too much food. But it was lovely to spend time with those we got to spend time with. We are very sorry and disappointed we could not get time to see everyone we wanted to, so hopefully next time.
Coming back a few days before school started was a good idea. Kyah got to settle in to the new house – she was hardly here before we left, because she was on the Gold Coast. She could fully unpack, set up her desk and organise herself for her daily routine. This term she needs to increase her focus on everything – school, dance, prehabilitation, fitness, strength. Everything takes time, and it is hard when there are so many easy-to-access distractions, for teenagers now.
I get to have parent teacher interviews over the next couple of weeks. That will be nice to meet some of the teachers, that I have not yet met. I am looking forward to discussing Kyah’s progress and where they see she is at, and what they think she needs to work on – academically and dance related.
I know that with experience, and lessons comes maturity and knowledge. Kyah is growing up and learning how to prioritise and when to rest. Amazingly, her foot does not give her any problems at all. She reports it to be more stable than the right one, but not quite as mobile. No-one untrained would notice! Maybe 1-2 degrees less flexion…. nothing. Considering her left foot has more range than most other dancers. Her mobility, strength and stability is way more than adequate. What a great success story this is turning out to be. We pray and believe the path she is on will continue to open doors and opportunities for her.
John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.