New Zealand Time – April 6, 2:17pm
It is early Friday afternoon, and this is the first day of my extended two week break.
I sit, drinking tea, listening to the Penguins/Senators game online (bless you internet).
Holly is sitting, drinking tea, reading a Kurt Vonnegut book.
Let’s talk about New Zealand:
â–ª beautiful weather â–ª mountains â–ª plenty of trees â–ª the exchange rate is good â–ª elves and hobbits
â–ª some good domestic beer (Tui, Monteiths) â–ª the lifestyle here is fairly lax
â–ª cricket and rugby (not hockey, but still good) â–ª clean air, clear skies â–ª jaffas
â–ª beer/wine goes on sale â–ª dairy products seem superior â–ª no snow â–ª no mandatory tipping
â–ª the southern hemisphere possibly has a better night sky
â–ª inferior coffee selection, and arguably quality â–ª cereal is crazy expensive
â–ª in pubs, pints/drinks are pricey (so that’s why tipping isn’t mandatory….) â–ª access to hockey
â–ª excess of chicken flavoured goods (chips, crackers, most anything that gets flavoured) â–ª no Kraft Dinner
â–ª it’s not Canada â–ª the Guinness is thinner â–ª no snow â–ª lack of variety in pickles, and consequently, relish
â–ª recycling is far less popular than at home
There are far more, but these were what I could conjure up at the moment.
Holly and I are planning to head to the South Island around mid-week next week. I’ve some work for school I’d like to get done before we leave, rather than come home to it. The amount of work to do is starting to grow, but still nothing I’m worried about. In terms of the trip, I know we’re aiming to go horseback-riding at some point. I’m hoping to perhaps partake in the ancient historical New Zealand tradition of bungee-jumping, but I’ve already been informed by Holly that this will be a solo venture.
To no real surprise, I still haven’t received my student loans. I should have them sometime next week, but the process has taken far too long. There seems to have been an endless amount of faxing and photocopying on my part. Thankfully, the end appears to be near.
It’s hard to believe it is already April, more so as by the time I return to school after break, the month will nearly be over. School is going well. I’ve my second placement starting at the end of May, which is two weeks in a year 7/8 classroom. I’m anticipating the change of pace in terms of both age group (from 3/4 to 7/8) and in decile. A decile is the ranking of a school’s socio-economic status. To quote, “A school’s Decile indicates the extent to which it draws its students from low socio-economic communities. Decile 1 schools are the 10% of schools with the highest proportion of students from low socio-economic communities. Decile 10 schools are the 10% of schools with the lowest proportion of these students” (link). The rankings are very public, and a system I’m personally not very fond of. Over the course of the year, the decile rankings of the schools I am placed at will purposefully be varied. I’m currently at a decile 9, and believe my next school will be a 6. I’ll restrict my discussion regarding it to that for now, less this become a multi-thousand word post with a high concentration of boring.
Ah, the Penguins won.
That is all for now I suppose, keep it classy Canada.