Thursday, April 05, 2012
For those who live north of the equator, I shall explain the NZ (and Australian) school system in terms of breaks. Obviously, our breaks (commonly known as school holidays) are not at the same time as the majority of the world. Because, why would we want 3 months off in the middle of winter and 2 weeks off in summer? Here is a snapshot of the school year:
There are 40 school weeks, with 4 terms. Each term has usually has 10 weeks, but occasionally there will be an 11 week term, followed by a 9 week term. So, we have 3 2 week breaks evenly scattered throughout the year. At the end of the year, in December, we end our school year. There is a 6 week break over christmas/summer. When the children come back to school in February they have moved up a year level and start in a new class.
As of today, we are finished with term 1. Which means I get 2 whole weeks off! YAAAAY!. OK, not 2 whole weeks, because I have to go in during the second week and set up, plus I have planning and resourse making to do, but I have 2 weeks to get that done! I am planning on taking the first week off from all work (I need a break) and then get my work done in the second week. Sounds fair to me!
I look forward to spending time with my boyfriend, doing some exercise and sleeping in :)