What made my week, was my son in Australia, sent us the video of his re-unification with Lacie, – I think it’s one of the best video’s I have ever seen.

It’s TRUE LOVE !!!

She has travelled from Cape Town to Australia. She is John’s best friend – she greets him with such emotion, I am not sure she ever thought she would see him again, after a six week quarantine, waiting period.

Back to reality, we need to register Troy into a school, and he has been accepted into two schools – A PUBLIC SCHOOL and PRIVATE SCHOOL

The Porto International school is 8,000 euro’s per year, the perfect place for Troy.

The local school is free. (but they teach in Portuguese) – At Fish Hoek Primary and High school, the 8,000 euro’s would literally cover their entire schooling from grade 1-12.

What does one do?

Children’s education is so vital, we all wish for the best, the “Rolls Royce” would be our choice, but what happens if you can only afford the ‘mini?’

A good education gives you such a great start in life, and as a parent you try the best you can to give the best you can to your children. I am a Rondebosch graduate, and the school certainly gave me a great start to life and a education to be envied.

Troy, schooling started at a stunning little school called Fish Hoek Primary, where he built solid friendships and amazing memories, –

Now he needs to start all over again. He misses his friends, and brothers who made his life full. His adaption may be enormous going to a PUBLIC school where most kids don’t speak English. Its sink or swim!

Fortunately when you young , friendships can be built on the sports field, and thats where many friendships we solidified at Fish Hoek. As a team member in order to win on the field you have to do your job, and to rely on your friends to do theirs and work as a unit. You win and loose together and bonds are created.

His final year of prep school they really formed a formidable unit having been together for over six years.

I am sure once he gets into sport, he will quickly settle, as actions speak louder than words, and he is a bundle of action.


For those moving abroad from South Africa be aware -the financial adaption is enormous, and with a currency like the RAND you really take a beating. Such a pity that the Rand is so weak.

Before we make a final decision I am looking out for scholarships or bursaries available, as the Rolls Royce gives you a great start in life.

Makes one realise the value of a good education, and what the poor African people have endured with poor facilities that haven’t empowered them to an equal education which most certainly has hampered their opportunities in the job market and their eventual careers.

By contrast – the International School of Porto offers, these incredible stats, imagine children from 52 Nationalities and what you learn from one another, and look at the average student / teacher ratio.

The PUBLIC school that Troy has been accepted into is by no means not acceptable, it’s mission statement and values are superb, and I am sure that they will care for him and assist him to achieve his best. The biggest challenge is going to be the language.

If money was not the deciding factor, I know what I would do without hesitation.

Bruce Mac from Porto ‘the City of Angels’

Published by brucemacdirector

Telling meaningful stories whether they shorts or features is what gets me out of bed every day. Passionate about those captured in slavery. Biographical films (The Perfect wave with Scott Eastwood) and (Biblical epic Samson with the late Rutger Hauer, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane and Taylor James) My recent short films Beat The Curve, Sex Tourism Labour have been awarded best shorts across the globe in 2020.

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