Team Oscar Update

Ahhh, so we’re coming to the end of Oscar’s second term at the School of Awesome. I’m a little peeved if only for the fact their end of term is THIS FRIDAY. A whole week more than government schools. A whole week of ‘what now’ and ‘which car’ and ‘when dadda home’ and ‘Ogga eat’ and ‘mumma’ ‘mumma’ ‘mumma’. Anyone with bright ideas of activities and things to do with the Ogga Boy – BRING IT.

Just jokes. Oscar is going from strength to strength.

He now logs himself into Mathletics.

This term he has been to see THREE school musicals or drama productions – his favourite was The Buddy Holly Story. I think the exposure for these kids to music and plays and the like are SO important. Music and drama seem to have such a connection for them.

The school has its own African drumming program which I think they access from Year 8. I think we can all recall the first time I visited the school and saw a group of kids with a range of special needs but all well into the moderate to severe range playing the most invigorating, galvanising African drumming performance. As the Principal said, seeing the students move from obviously counting each and every beat to simply ‘feeling’ the music is truly inspirational.

Every Tuesday morning Oscar goes to the school’s gym club – a range of gym equipment including treadmills, bikes and some weights (I think). Yesterday he came home waving his laminated Gym Club Award, proud as punch bless him. The gym club is part of the school’s 3T program-Trim, Taught and Technical. ┬áIt is a common concern for kids with special needs that they have compromised mobility but an over-active appetite. Clearly that is a genetic disorder Chef and I both have. The school is committed to moulding teenagers who are challenged, stimulated and feel good about themselves and this is one part of how they deliver on that commitment.

Today we received his semester report from the school in the mail. FOURTEEN pages of what Oscar is achieving independently, achieving with support or developing in the areas of English, Maths, Religious Ed, History/Geography, Science, Personal Development & Health, Physical Ed, French, Technology, Music and Visual Arts. FOURTEEN PAGES. FOURTEEN!

Some of the comments:

English: He has gradually gained self confidence and is a regular contributor to class activities.

Maths: His results in our weekly calculator quiz are very pleasing.

History/Geography: He resonds well to visual stimulus and was an engaged learner e.g. identifying his name in hieroglyphics on the interactive board.

PE: His hard working attitude and willingness to try new things has made his learning experience more enjoyable. He has improved out of sight in the pool increasing his distance for freestyle for 50 metres. (Me: !!!!!!!!)


Some big things we’re working on, correction, THE big thing we’re working on at home is his behaviour. Because dudes, he’s 13 and well, 13 is code for ‘be rude to the olds’ and well, that coupled with a brain that just isn’t quite wired right lends itself to ‘the olds’ losing their shit. A LOT.




This also seems like a timely opportunity to put a shout out to Jodie from Two Monkeys Fabrics. A few weeks back she held a fabric sale on Facebook for Team Oscar and raised $105. GO JODIE! Please go and show her some love!

Which also brings me to the outrageously talented Kate from One Flew Over has donated the most divine quilt to Team Oscar to auction. It’s sitting here in it’s postpack waiting for me to get my arse into gear. Several other people also offered products and services (think cupcakes, Enjo products, photography sessions, babysitting!) and I’ve just never got it off the ground. I need advice – should I run it as a straight auction – in which case, do I set a base price (ie the value of the prize) or do you just let it run at what the market is willing to pay? OR should I run it like a raffle? So buy a ticket by donating $5 or $10 to Team Oscar and then choose random winners? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!


UPDATED: How could I forget, he came home yesterday with his FIRST birthday party invitation!






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  • Go Oscar! Fabulous Kim!

    I think a raffle is the way to go. Everyone pays something small but higher chance of raising more than market value for each product. you should do another shout out for product donations too.

  • fabulous news!!

    Go Ogga!!!!

  • Raffle tickets are a nice idea. I’d be happy to support whatever you do.

  • Linda

    tears in my eyes.

  • Well done Oscar!

  • 14 pages of reports is amazing. So fantastic. I reckon a raffle would be cool or an auction with a base price set. Whichever you chose will be cool. I’ll support anything you do xx

  • This makes my heart sing. Go Oscar! As for 14 pages, I’m impressed! Nothing like knowing your kid is cared for and important in other peoples eyes.
    I like the idea of an auction, I’ve seen them work well on facebook, people generally get into the spirit of it.

  • Di

    Wow, go Oscar! I am truly impressed that your lad can read hieroglyphics! Too cool for school…
    Perhaps some items (eg a quilt or babysitting) need an auction, but others could be done in a raffle? I have no idea.

    And I thought that 4 was code for “be rude to the olds”….

  • I think raffle….. that way everyone can join in .

  • Hi Kim,
    I was reading this post last night and thinking I’d really like to make a contribution to Team Oscar. Then tonight I was interviewed for a program on Channel 31 called ‘Tough times never last (but tough people do)’ and they unexpectedly paid me. It just seemed like a perfect kismet moment to pass it on.
    More power to you and yours,
    Angela (Sooz’s friend & occasional crafter)

    • OH MAN – that is just lovely. LOVELY! Thank you so so much.

  • Thanks so much kim:) It was a pleasure to help you out and would love to do it again one day. I have been crazy busy with my fabrics due to land and this is the first chance I have had to have a breather. So what better way to chill out than to head straight to your blog:) Go Oscar!! and a raffle would be great idea!! Maybe make the tickets $5 each or a book of 10 for $40?? It would be easy to keep track of with your paypal too:)