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Friday, November 12, 2010

Trolley Or Backpack?

Having his catered food at the school canteen

The boy's classroom for next year will be on the top floor of the school 3-storey building.  Just imagine he has to drag his heavy schoolbag up and down the flights of staircase everyday. :(  On his report card day, I did briefly asked his class teacher for ideas.  She suggested a back pack and a hand-carry bag but my boy insisted he should have a trolley bag instead.  The previous Ben 10 trolley bag that we bought early this year has seen better days with holes and tears everywhere after one year usage, but then his classroom was on ground floor, more gentle handling and that probably explains its "longer" lifespan.  I heard from some mothers that their kids' school bags had to be replaced every few months due to wear and tear eventhough they're from reputable brands like Swan. *scary*

He is placed in one of the two elite classes (more hair pulling moments for the mommy) where the top 100 of the whole standard will be mixed and equally divided and that literally means they will have 50 pupils each in these two classes.  Not too sure though if they will shrink the number of classes as the average size for each class in primary 1 was only 40-42 with 9 classes.  The rest of the classes will be a mix of fairly strong and weaker pupils.  It's good that they mix the students and not grouped according to academic performance for these classes where the stronger can help the weaker ones.  And also many thanks to all of you who shared your views on class streaming in my previous post entry.  I really appreciated it.

Back to the choice of school bag for next year,  trolley bag or backpack + 1 handcarry bag? Hmmmm..

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Blogger Sheoh Yan said...

Backpack is not so good for his posture, will cause him to have hunch back later. This is my opinion.

November 12, 2010 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger mNhL said...

I think those trolley bag are design to be 2 in 1 meaning can be a backpack as well? No matter what bags but most importantly must have a hand carry bag as well. To separate the loads.

November 12, 2010 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Caroline Ng May Ling said...

erm if me i will prefer backpack. :)

November 12, 2010 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger smallkucing said...


November 12, 2010 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Montessorimum said...

My girl has been having lessons in the 2nd and 3rd floor since day 1 of school. It's really heavy to carry the trolley bag up the stairs. Her friends help her with the carrying.

November 12, 2010 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Inspired Momx1 said...

Yan, mnhl, smallkucing: I agree but then a trolley bag with those wheels and whatnot will only add burden to the already heavy bag. Haiz. But definitely consider a hand carry bag to share the loads.

Carol: Me too but thinking of pressure on the shoulders and spine. Hey, so hard to decide. :(

Montessorimum: Really a chore having to carry up and down the stairs. Kids these days. *haiz*

November 12, 2010 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger michelle@mybabybay said...

My boy requested for a back pack after he move to upstairs.

I was also thinking of getting him a book strap but knowing my boy, I am afraid he might forget to take those books not in the bag.

November 12, 2010 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Alice Law said...

I personally think the school itself has to improvise and provide locker for every students. I don't mind if they charged me for rental as long as my kids won't have to burden themselves with heavy load everyday.:)

Have a wonderful weekend!

November 12, 2010 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger yvonne said...

Hi, thanks for visiting my blog :D

For my girl, I'll opt for trolley bag. She's considered small size and I notice she's having difficult time with backpack. But then again, it's depend on the location of the classroom. If it's situated on 2nd floor, maybe backpack would be a better choice.

November 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Shenny's mommy said...

Hmm, I think since his class will be at top floor next year, I would like to suggest backpack + a handcarry bag. Ian could always alleviate the load of his back pack to the handcarry bag. This is just my two cents idea.

November 13, 2010 at 5:16 AM  
Blogger slavemom said...

IMO, backpack + handcarry bag. Hv to make sure the backpack isn't too heavy, gotta take care of his back. If use trolley bag, it'll be difficult to carry up to the 3rd floor.

November 16, 2010 at 9:10 PM  

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