....because SHE accidentally deleted our Wordless Wednesday photo!
So we'll do a Aussie post as part of our new roles as Commissioners for All Things Down Under known as CFATDU from now on.
Today was the first day of the new school year for most of the children in our state (New South Wales).
We thought we'd showcase our school bags that Sarge (and his talented assistant) made for us last September.
(They did such a fabulous job, we almost wish we were off to school ourselves.)
We said most of the kids because, in most cases the kids in years 1-6; grade 7--the first year of high school AND the year 11s went today. The rest of the high school kids will return tomorrow and t kindergarten will gradually be added...each school is different.
However the schools to the west of us will not start until next week. It's one of the incentives to get teachers to work in those isolated areas--they get an extra week off.
The school year is divided into four 10-week terms..some terms might be 9 or 11 weeks depending on Public Holidays..with two weeks off between the terms, and five off over the summer....adds up to 200 days per year.
The school system is state-funded, which means that all teachers no matter where they teach are paid on the same scale, school funding is the same and all schools are expected to cover the same curriculum--the way it's covered is up to the individual teacher.
As you can see NSW is one of the smaller states--it's the same in area as Texas and Virginia together.
Now, how does this affect us, you ask?
We have five schools within walking distance.
We are not allowed access to the front of our house in the mornings and afternoons when kids are walking to and from school, because we bark at the kids and they tease us. Some even throw stuff at us!!
We have to have a VERY early walk, or go after 9:30 when all the schools are in session. The kids take their snacks and lunches to school and usually eat on the way
dropping foodables. We come by later and CLEAN UP!!!! Bonus!!
Oh, sometimes SHE disappears for a whole day and comes home smelling of children.
It should also be getting cooler in a few weeks and we can go on mid-day walks.