On Monday Ellie entered Premier Primaire (year 1 of primary school) in her French school here in Brussels. She looked very cute in her uniform and was so eager to get there and get in. All of the parents we welcomed into her classroom and we found out where she would be sitting.
And then I was surprised as all the parents started pulling out their cameras and photographing their little darlings in their new classroom at their desks. Now, perhaps this happens in the UK but I have never heard of it. But all the Belgians seemed to be doing it.
I think this is due to the value they put on education here. Kids start at 2 and 1/2. They always have lots of homework and most Belgians leave education in their mid twenties. It is a strong cultural value; and that is always a surprise to encounter!
I was also pleased to hear that she has started to learn Dutch on day 2! Now that is a little unusual here but very welcome!