My young grand-daughter had to make up a story using as much creative ability as possible. She hummed and bounced many ideas of us, and finally presented this:

 ‘You have just finished PE and you run to the taps, twist the handle and out comes water!

I will be writing about what the perfect school would be like from my point of view. 

On a cold winter’s day in the middle of school, it is hailing hard ice.

Wouldn’t you rather it would be m & ms? And as for the taps at the beginning wouldn’t you like it was Coke or Fanta? And don’t get me started on the swimming pool of chocolate, with bits of lollies floating around it, like those chocolate swirls in the ice cream tubs at the diary! The strict teachers would be made out of cardboard, to throw darts at; and the nice teachers would give out ice cream, lollies and chocolate each day. Of course you would not get any homework you could just relax on the beach, and if you did get any homework it would just be walking the dog or going to the local park. 

The school would be made of candyfloss and it just happens to disappear when children get hungry…

PE would be to keep healthy but the games would be the best ever. You’d just ice-skate, climb trees and bungie jump. If it’s a cold cloudy day, it would only be cold because the clouds would be made of ice cream for the sun to melt, it will just eventually drip down to the ground in warm globs or land on some lucky person outside. Bye Bye boring old school days. Instead the normal boring trees we have now, they would be better made of chocolate logs as trunks, minty chocolate leaves, that will just melt in your mouth. Don’t forget the gummy bears that like to play in the leaves. Here is a nice list of other things we could have.

Icing sugar for snow:

Snowmen made of marshmallows:

Grass which was now lime jelly:

The desks are just chocolate slabs:

The ink in pens is caramel so you can suck on the pen during class. 

And as for the dental nurse she would have no job because as always our teeth would be sparkling white,

RIGHT! We would have no teeth at all!

Thankyou for reading my story and please stop drooling you will give the cleaners a hard time.’

I guess from a child’s point of view this indeed would be the perfect school, a teacher and parent’s worst nightmare I would think! Imagine all those hypo kids. But she got one thing so right and has learnt well from us, that is about brushing her teeth and not too many lollies. The imagination of a small child is something to behold, this attending school is tough stuff apparently according to her, but then again thinking back to my childhood……perhaps she’s right.

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Diane Vivian is the founding member and chair of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ. When in 1997, Diane Vivian took over the care of her small, traumatised grandchildren, she could not believe the stress she encountered. Setting about to discover what help or support was available in 1999, she found there was none! The organisation formed to meet this need salutes all Grandparents/kin who have taken in Grand/kin children and put the needs of those precious ones before their own.

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