We are so excited that the April 2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge has begun. Here we go!
Today's post is about a typical day in an Australian high school. One may think that it would be similar to school in America but it has plenty of differences. For today's post, I am using my own experiences from high school.
|One of the classroom buildings at Oxley High School|
A typical school day started around 7:30am when I started to get ready for school. I put on my school uniform as all schools in Australia require them. They were some of the most unflattering fabrics known to man, but at least we all had to suffer together. In year 7-10 it was a grey button down shirt with grey pants (yeah most prisoners have better uniform colours than that). The colors for 11th and 12th grade were better with a white shirt and navy blue pants. We also had to wear black shoes that had no other colour on it. Once I got my uniform and had some breakfast it was time to walk the mile or so to school. I had to make my own way to school since I lived closer than two miles as the crow flies. If you lived further than that then you could ride the bus for free to school.
|These old railroad carriages were used as classrooms while I attended. -||Source|
|Our School Emblem - Source|
Our class schedule was on a 10 day cycle and it could be a challenge to remember exactly where you were meant to be at any given time. We were given a class schedule but it would often get wet, ripped or lost before too long. You rarely had the same class at the same time two days in a row. For example, one day you would have math right before recess, the next day it would be after lunch and some days you wouldn't have it at all. Thankfully the whole grade would have math at the same time (same went for English and Science) so we could ask someone what subject we had that day if we forgot. You still had to remember which classroom it was in, since it was not always the same classroom, and once in a while it was in a random classroom on the other side of the school. This meant your best bet was to memorize the schedule or keep one to read. Elective classes were given one of three colours. For example, my German class was pink, computing studies was blue and geography was lilac. Every one in the grade had the same "colour" at the same time so as long as you remember which colour each of your elective was you could knew where to go if someone said you had blue next.
Well that was a typical day at my high school. I had a lot of fun and I even learned a few things during my 6 year stay. Some days I couldn't wait for it all to be over, but I look back now and have many great stories and memories from those days.
What big differences do you notice between American/Canadian schools and Australian schools?