I have now enrolled my 4 and 6 yo in kindergarten, and my (just) 8 yo in year 1 of school in Dryanovo. The kindergarten children will start this Monday and the 8yo on the 15th Sept.
It will take a bit of getting used to as my 4 and 6 yo will be expected to have 2 hour naps in the day (something they have not done since they were 2 - lol). My 6 yo will also have to take her own food in each day as she has coeliac disease and they don't cater for special diets here. They also have to take their own juice, slippers and PJ's
My 8yo will be starting in yr1, and we were surprised to be told that she will be picked up by bus from the village at 6.30 am, and be bought home at 3pm! It seems rather a long day. We have met her teacher, who doesn't speak English, and we don't yet speak more than a couple of words of Bulgarian, and were showed her classroom. It all seemed very nice, and very friendly, and I'm sure she will soon make friends and learn the language.
The only problem is my 13/14yo, who we are told cannot go to school here
We have been working through this problem for a couple of months, and have had help from the Brit Embassy etc. She is currently studying for her GCSE's, taking 3 next june and 4 the year after (at 15 before planning to start A'levels). We have been told that when she passes the GCSE's and has the certs translated etc, she will be admitted to the Bulgarian system on trial. She will then have 2 months to learn Bulgarian and pass exams in Bulgarian language, Bulgarian literature and Bulgarian history before being made a 'proper' pupil. Have also been told she will need to study extra science as she won't have physics GCSE and that is compulsory here.
I have asked if there is alternative paperwork I can get from the UK, but the UK tell me three are no intermediate exams between age 13 and GCSE (i'm happy to pay for them in the UK or BG if thats whats needed); and have explained to BG ministery that the GCSEs are uk 'school leaving exams' and I want her to go to school before then but we don't seem to get any where.
So....I have 3 excited happy children, and 1 in tears thinking she will never make friends/learn the language/ have any social life as she grows up!
It tough to fit in as a family here, even though we are trying very hard!