Sunday, November 18, 2012

Teaching in Australia

Teaching in Australia wasn't much different then teaching in Alberta.   Kids are kids all over the world.  While I was there I had lots of great and unique experiences.
Now that's a great show & tell!

"You will listen, I am the teacher!"

Excursion to RainForestation nature park.

Learning the tribal dance

Koala joining my class.

A rare bilby

Comfy buses with seat belts.

Class checking out the view

Year 3 sleepover in the classroom.

Early morning activities.

Pancakes for breakfast.

Lining up for seconds at breakfast.

Trying to convert them to Canadians.

Don't see this too often in Alberta schools!

Hand ball at break.

Procession into church

Year 3 mass.

Going for tea.
court area for HPE

Morning tea in new staffroom.

Year 3-4-5 eating area.

A rare free dress day.

Assembly presentations - year 2

Olivia & Sara

Year 3 - 2011

Presentation on the new stage.

Cross country relay races
Easter presentation.

Swim Carnival

Feb. 2011 in the classroom.
Port racks outside my classroom on the veranda

Eskie ready to go for break/tea.
I will miss Holy Cross.

Aussie Words


How you going? - most everyone greets you this way, sort of like "how you doing?"
Go off your nanner - go crazy
Rashy - is a swim shirt
Ta - thanks
Good on yah
reckon - think
have a go - take a turn
stuffed - messed up
cone - pylon
rubbers - erasers, though the teachers encourage 'eraser' in the higher grades
texters - markers, this is a brand name of felt markers
pigeon hole - is our school mail box
relief teacher - substitute
excursion - field trip
sticky beak - take a look or peak
Mackies - is what they call McDonald's
tissue - Kleenex
diary - agenda students use at school
HPE - is gym time or health physical education
non-contact - prep at school
petrol - gas
togs or bathers - swimsuit
sunnies - sunglasses
lollies - candy
biscuit - cookies
bickies - crackers
eskie - cooler
break up - is a wind up party
rubbish - garbage
mate or bloke - friend
chook - chicken
mobile - cell phone
bottle'o' - liquor store
tomatoe sauce - ketchup
brilliant - excellent
jumper - sweater
singlet - thin straps on a shirt or tank top
hire - rent something
camper van - motor home
A3 & A4 - size of paper
round-about - traffic circle
bitumen - asphalt (tarmac)
toilet - washroom or bathroom
beanie - toque
nappie - diaper
dummy - soother/pacifier
air con - air conditioning
fringe - bangs on your hair
go off your nanner - go crazy
redundant - laid off
Chrissy - Christmas

Some spellings were different as well:
mum for mom
tyre for tire
colour for color

They liked my accent and had me say the following words:
-banana, narrator, chalk, pastel


There were so many amazing sites and breathtaking views during our year in Australia.
Coral Sea

Smithfield & cable park
Walk to Stoney Creek- Byfield State Forest

Stony Creek

Granite Gorge

Trinity Beach

Evening on the beach

Milla Milla Falls

Along the Captain Cook Hwy to Port Douglas

Endeavor River at Cooktown


Corral Sea

The beach

Brody at Zillie Falls
Sunrise at Hamilton Island

Small Millstream Falls

Barron Gorge during the dry season

Erskine Falls - Victoria
12 Apostles- Victoria

Undara lava tubes

Rest of the 12 Apostles along Great Ocean Road
Crashing waves -  Coogee Beach, Sydney

Opera House from Darling Harbour

the Coat Hanger
Sydney Harbour Bridge - NSW

Chillagoe lime caves
Wow what a beautiful country!