Looking for some feedback on Discovery Bay and DBIS. My eldest daughter hasn't settled into her school on Hong Kong Island or the apartment that we're living in come to that (42nd flr might have something to do with it). We've been here since Aug 07, and feel that she should have been able to settle down by now if she was going too. She gets herself so upset about going into school that she's getting panic attacks that bring on vomitting. She's constantly asking how many more sleeps she has before she's allowed to go back home to America. She went to a great school in America and was very happy and doing really well now this school are saying that she must have a learning problem, because she's not picking things up quickly enough in class and she's asking the same question more than once and still doesn't understand. Now she doesn't want to ask a question because she told me she's stupid. I told her that no one is stupid and it's always good to ask questions even Mummy & Daddy need to ask questions. I'm a hands on parent and I'm lucky enough to be able to stay at home and look after my girls. I drive her to school and pick her up every day (she tried the bus and really hated it), I'm amazed that when I pick her up there's about 200 children coming out of school and a handful of parents, the rest are helpers and/or drivers, the children visibly (obviously) have a different relationship with the helper than a parent. It's incredibly hard to arrange playdates because the children seem to be in constant after school classes and even classes on Saturday's. The helper can't arrange a playdate and so I try to e-mail the parent which 2 days later I get an answer with a 2hr slot for a couple of weeks down the road with details of the childs driver and helper! I realise that I'm in Hong Kong and it's going to be different but I would like some kind of normal life (that my kids are used too) whilst we're living here. We plan on being here another 5 years and it's our primary concern that our girls are happy.
We went and had a look at Discovery Bay at the weekend and it seems so much nicer, parents were playing frisbee on the beach and actually doing things with their children and generally hanging out. I had an appointment at the DB International School early in the week and was shown around. It seemed like a really nice school, the kids were happy and I was impressed with the childrens reading ability. I would welcome your opinion on DBIS and Discovery Bay.
Clearly we would need to break our lease on our apartment here if we move to DB. The school have said that they can get her in if we pay the Premium Levy. My husbands company are not going to pay the Pemium Levy because they don't get it back, whereas they get their debenture back from HKIS. Therefore we will need to pay the Levy out of our savings (which we'd rather not do), so I want to make sure I get enough information before we make the final decission.