2013/2/17 ~ 開始澳洲學校生活 Starting at an Aussie School

文章日期:2013-02-17 17:33
一月30日是個大日子,
放了一個半月的暑假,
大小貝貝終於要開始在澳洲雪梨上學囉!
前一天先去學校買了全套夏季制服、書包,
大貝貝是綠帽、綠色上衣、灰色短褲、灰色襪子、黑皮鞋,
小貝貝則是綠帽、綠色格子洋裝、白色襪子、黑皮鞋~
雖說是公立學校,但制服也是從頭到腳都有規定呢~
相片攝於學校前門~

January 30 is a BIG day:
after 1 and a half months of summer vacation,
Justin and Audrey will finally be starting school in Sydney, Australia!
The day before school started,
we went to buy their full summer uniform, school bags,
Justin wears a green cap, green shirt, grey shorts, grey socks and black leather shoes,
while Audrey wears a green hat, green checked dress, white socks and black leather shoes~
Although it's a public school, the uniform requirements are still pretty rigorous!
This photo was taken outside the school~



兩人開學前一天下午整理學用品時就越來越興奮,
興奮到最後大貝貝根本是滿屋子跳來跳去,
爸比說:「你可不可以不要那麼興奮了?!」
大貝貝很無奈地說:「可是我就是很愛上學啊!」
大貝貝到半夜還忽然過度興奮醒來,
被爸比押回去睡覺~ 

As they were packing their stationery the afternoon before school started,
they got more and more excited until Justin was practically hopping around the house!
Daddy asked: "Can you calm down a bit?"
Justin exclaimed mournfully: "But I just really LOVE school!"
Justin even woke up in excitement some time around 2am,
and Daddy had to force him to go back to sleep.

初次上小學的小貝貝似乎也不怎麼擔心,
跟爸比媽咪放假這麼久、玩具又都在貨櫃裡,
兩人已經悶到慌了!哈哈~~~

Audrey didn't seem too concerned either,
even though it was her first day at primary school.
Having spent so many weeks at home with Mum and Dad,
with all their usual toys still in the furniture storage,
the two of them were bored to death!



由於小學校有時候某些年級會有人數不足的問題,
偶而會湊個跨年級的組合班~
大貝貝就是被安排上小三/四的組合班,
小貝貝上小一~~~
媽咪覺得小貝貝的新制服真的很漂亮~

As small schools sometimes have shortage of students for a certain grade,
sometimes they would have a cross-year composite class. 
Justin has been put in a Years 3/4 composite class,
while Audrey will be in Year 1~~
I really like Audrey's new uniform, so pretty!



上學時間 9:30 到下午 3:30,
早上到了學校反而開始緊張了,
兩人有點迷迷糊糊~
但學校很貼心的把所有新同學通通聚集在一起,
朝會時全校鼓掌歡迎,
然後準備由副校長帶去認識學校環境,
爸比媽咪就先離開了~

The school day is 9:30am to 3:30pm.
They finally felt more worried when they got to school,
and Justin in particular seemed more confused.
But the school expertly gathered up all the newbies,
had the existing students welcome them with applause at assembly in the morning,
then the deputy principal took them off on a tour of the school,
when Mummy and Daddy (and Benji) left.



根據我們的觀察,
這所鄉下全校 200+學生,
連大小貝貝只有三個亞裔學生~
雪梨很多地區華人比例已經相當高了,
很多華裔孩子聚在一起反而都不會說英文~

Based on our observations,
there are 200+ students in this rural school,
and only 3 of them (including Justin and Audrey) are Asian! 
In many Sydney areas the percentage of Asians has increased greatly,
and with so many Asian children in the same school,
many of them hardly ever need to speak English!

第一次在澳洲上小學,
爸比媽咪難免有點擔心,
尤其是小貝貝,根本是一年級而已~
但大小貝貝放學時都超級開心,
竟然還比早上出門前更興奮,
說交了很多新朋友!
大貝貝說:「我超~超~超~超~超~超級無敵愛上學的!~」

Since it was their first schooling experience in Australia,
Mummy and Dad were bound to be somewhat concerned,
especially since Audrey was going to primary school for the first time.
But both of them were very happy after school,
and were even more excited than they were this morning, if that was possible,
apparently having made many new friends.
Justin said: "I really, really, really, really, really, really, extremely love school!"

放學後,小貝貝帶媽咪去看她寬敞的新教室!
After school, Audrey showed us her spacious new classroom!



和小貝貝年輕、充滿活力的新老師!
據老師說,小貝貝成為班上的風雲人物,
完全不怕生、一點都不像剛上小學的樣子,
第二天班上一堆小女生搶著要牽她的手,
吵着說:「今天換我當她的朋友了!」
年輕的老師嚇了一跳,
跟媽咪說:「哇,現在的小朋友都這麼積極喔?
以前我們上學第一天都乖乖等在牆邊看有沒有人來跟我們玩耶!」

And Audrey's young, energetic new teacher!
Apparently Audrey has become very popular in class,
not at all shy, and not at all like someone coming to school for the first time.
A whole bunch of girls tried to hold her hands on the second day of school,
even fighting: "It's my turn to be her friend today!"
The young teacher was surprised:
"Wow, didn't know kids today are so proactive!
When we were little, we just waited by the wall and hoped someone would come and play with us!"



據小貝貝說,整天就是寫寫字、玩遊戲、下課吃東西、寫字、玩遊戲的循環~
這所學校歷史悠久,建於 1888 年,
當時就幫每間教室都個別設置了畫畫室和小廚房,
(在雪梨學校來說很難得~)
電子白板、電腦、甚至視訊教室都有,
算是設備充足的學校~

Apparently it's jfust a cycle of some writing, games, recess and eating, more writing, more games~
The school was built in 1888, so has quite some history,
and even back then every single classroom was equipped with an art room and little kitchen,
which is in fact quite a rarity amongst Sydney schools.
It has electronic whiteboards, computers, even an video conference classroom,
considered quite well equipped~



小貝貝第二天下課時竟然坐到一隻大螞蟻,
被咬了一口紅腫起來,
老師幫她敷冰塊~哈哈~~

Audrey sat on a big black ant during lunchtime on Day 2,
and had to have an ice-pack put on her behind~

澳洲小朋友只有十一點左右休息半小時,
然後下午一點吃午餐休息一小時~
大貝貝的說法:「這裡小朋友要很有耐心,
因為上課時間很長,
你根本不知道什麼時候要下課,
不過沒關係,因為上課也很好玩!
而且下課時間可以玩好久好久喔!」

Aussie children usually take a half-hour break around 11am,
then one hour break for lunch around 1pm~
According to Justin: "Children here have to be very patient,
because the lesson times are really long,
and you never know when it'll be recess!
But that's all right, because the lessons are really fun too!
And you get to play for sooooo long at lunch!"

下面這位美麗的女士就是大貝貝 3/4年級組合班的老師~
And this lovely lady is Justin's teacher for the 3/4 composite class~



小貝貝的教室旁邊就有一組遊樂器材(圖片後方),
大小貝貝每天放學了就去那邊吊單槓、晃來晃去,
澳洲小女生由於制服都是裙子,
爬遊戲器材頭上腳下會走光,
所以趕快幫小貝貝添置運動內褲~

Audrey's classroom is right next to a set of gym equipment (back of photo),
so the two of them go over to hang on the monkey bars every day.
Little Aussie girls' uniforms are generally dresses,
which is not exactly designed for climbing and hanging upside down on monkey bars,
so Mummy had to quickly purchase some sports knickers for Audrey.



放學後,兩人加迷你貝繼續跑去學校菜園玩~
菜園裡有蕃茄可以自己摘去吃,
有養雞,還養了一小窩蜜蜂!
監督菜園的老師看他們來,
乾脆請他們幫忙撿雞蛋,
然後送了我們五顆最新鮮的有機雞蛋~

After school, Justin, Audrey and Benji went to play in the school vegie garden,
where there are tomatoes free for the picking,
some chickens, and even a beehive!
Seeing them coming, 
the supervising teacher of the garden asked them to help pick up the eggs,
then gave us 5 fresh organic eggs!



雖然媽咪覺得大小貝貝兩人的英文程度都很堪用,
學校還是為兩人申請額外的「英語補救教學 ESL」時數,
校長說:「政府既然有補助,不用白不用咩,
若英文程度沒問題,還可以請英語老師幫他們教進階的!」

Although Mummy thought that Justin and Audrey's English were probably sufficient,
the school still applied for ESL hours for them.
The principal said: "Since they qualify, we might just as well apply!
If it turns out they don't need it,
the ESL teachers can still extend them!"

沒想到兩人經過老師測試後,
發現英文程度不但堪用,
甚至還各自領先同年齡小朋友 2.5 年左右!
小貝貝老師說她的閱讀程度超齡,
ESL 老師測試到第25級~
媽咪問:那正常一年級小朋友是幾級?
老師說:通常是第 7 或 8 級!
(哇咧~小貝貝在我們家已經算很是最不會看書的說~~~@@)

After testing, it turned out that not only were Justin and Audrey's English literacy sufficient,
they were in fact ahead of their chronological peers by about 2.5 years!
According to Audrey's teacher, the ESL teacher tested her reading level to be Level 25.
Mummy asked: So what's the usual level for first graders?
She replied: Oh, usually Level 7 or 8!
(Geeze... Audrey is already considered not much of a reader in our family!)

大貝貝真的也算奇葩一枚......
數學不算很強,但英文閱讀能力竟然六年級左右~~
這...這...這.... 這是台灣小孩嗎???~~

Justin is really very peculiar....
his Maths skills are not particularly strong,
but he reads at about Grade 6 level~~
Is he really Taiwanese at all????



其實澳洲小孩普遍五歲才會開始上學教自然發音規則,
開始練習看一頁幾個字的小書,
老師的教學通常也是採取慢慢來、穩扎穩打的態度,
所以前幾年的進度通常不會太快~
大部分澳洲家長認為小學階段是學習人際關係和做事情的重要時機,
英語、數學能力在六年級前有到達國家標準就可以了~ 

Actually Aussie kids usually don't start learning phonics until they begin kindie at the age of 5,
and they start with readers of only a few words each page.
Teachers usually take the "slow but steady" attitude,
so the progress for the first few years is not that fast.
Most Aussie parents believe that the primary school stage is the time for learning people skills and working skills;
so long as the children's literacy and numeracy meet national standards by Year 6,
they are happy.

所以現在學校確定大小貝貝不需要「英語補救教學 ESL」,
而將時數改為延伸性教學 (extension),
也就是讓大小貝貝分別再進一步提升他們的英語程度~
為了讓大小貝貝不要覺得特別被拉出班級,
老師們還挑選了班級中跟他們程度較接近的另一位小朋友一起上課~
並協助他們著手設計 Powerpoint,
讓大小貝貝跟大家介紹台灣~

So now the school confirms that Justin and Audrey don't need ESL,
but instead will convert the hours to extension classes.
To avoid their feeling strange about being pulled out of class on their own,
the teachers even chose another kid similar to their levels to take the extension classes with them.
The teachers are also helping them to design a Powerpoint,
so that Justin and Audrey can talk about Taiwan.



放學後問大小貝貝若從0到100,
他們今天對學校的滿意度如何?
小貝貝說:100!
大貝貝說:95...... 因為為什麼小貝貝班有「帶玩具來展示 show and tell」我們沒有???
吃完晚餐後,大貝貝又把分數調升到 99,
所以看來他們兩個真的都很開心!^^

After school I asked them: if you rank your day from 0 to 100,
how satisfied are they with the school?
Audrey immediately said: 100!
Justin said: 95..... because how come Audrey gets "show and tell" and we don't????
After dinner Justin re-adjusted his score up to 99,
so it seems they are indeed very happy!!




 
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