Friday, 16 May 2008

Why We Came To Italy

Three years ago we started looking at senior schools for Alexander to attend as a full boarder in the UK.

One of the schools we looked at was Winchester College (That's their crest above). Alex really liked the school and set his heart on going there. This was no easy option, there were interviews, tests and, finally, last week the entrance exam set by the school for all boys who wish to enter the school as a "Commoner".

Well the day of reckoning was today - and we are staying in Italy! Alex passed his exams and is off to Winchester as a Commoner in September! He is is over the moon! I am for him, but it would have been nice to have had him at school here in September!

So why is this why we came to Italy? We were living in Sussex, not far from Brighton, Winchester is roughly 2 hours drive away and they don't really come out of school at weekends, only half-terms and the long vacs. As my husband was already commuting up to London for the week it meant there would be just me and the bimba at home, other than weekends. With flights becoming cheaper we decided we would try our dream life of being in Italy. May as well be in Florence as Haywards Heath!!

Well done babe, if you ever read this, I'm proud of you!


Diane said...

Congratulations to you both! Quite a feather in your caps I'd say. My son is only 9, but he's sweating the idea of being away for a one week camp this old is your son?

Diane said...

Oh, sorry, I see he's recently turned 13!

Alyson said...

Hi Diane - I follow your progress on Expats but I didn't know you had a blog - popped over before. Looks like you have settled well - did you see my daughter's school blog too?

Thanks for the congrats! He's looking forward to "leaving home"! Supposed to be a sign of security...