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Kedron State School.

In this issue of Kids World, World Class takes you to Kedron State School in the country of Australia. We'd like to thank the year five students and teacher Brian Dawson for taking the time to answer our questions about life in their country.

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Kedron State School Leckie Road, Kedron Brisbane, Queensland 4031 Australia

During which months of the year do you go to school?

We go from the end of January until the middle of December. We have 10 days of holiday at Easter, two weeks at the end of June/beginning of July and two weeks at the end of September/beginning of October.

Which days of the week do you go to school?

We go to school from Monday to Friday.

How long is your school day?

Our school day goes from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

What subjects do you learn in school?

We take English, mathematics, social studies, science, music, arts and crafts and physical education.

How long is your recess and what kinds of games do you play?

We have one hour of recess from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. We also have a short break from 10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We call the breaks Little Lunch and Big Lunch. We play Red Rover, Tiggy, Marco Polo, Stuck in the Mud, Brandy and Handball.

Is your school an example of a typical school in your country? Why or why not?

Yes, in Queensland. The school is an open, plain wooden structure with verandas. In the south, schools are brick and enclosed. The school operates in a similar way to other schools, but with local atmosphere and interests.

Do most kids go home from school for lunch, or do they bring lunch with them to school? What do you normally eat for lunch?

Very few go home, but some do. Most bring lunch to school but some buy it from the School Tuckshop where lunches can be purchased two days a week. They eat prepackaged food (junk food like chips and drinks), but most have sandwiches and fruit.

Which television shows do you like the best?

The Simpsons, Rugrats, Home Improvement, Ahhh! Real Monsters, Hudson Street and Ren & Stimpy.

Which author's books do you most like to read?

R.L. Stine, Paul Jennings, Emily Rodda and Jeanne Betancourt.

Which movie stars are your favourites?

Jean Claude Van Damme, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Mel Gibson, Chuck Norris and Jim Carrey.

Which music groups or entertainers are your favourites?

T.L.C., Green Day, U2, Metallica, TSM, Presidents of the United States and 4:PM.

What kinds of organized team sports do kids your age play?

We play soccer, cricket, netball, softball, t-ball, tennis, swimming and athletics.

In what kinds of organized activities are kids involved outside of school?

Ballet, gymnastics, jazz dancing, cooking, skating, music, karate and computer games.

Where do you go for weekend fun?

We like to go to Wet & Wild (a water park), watch TV, go camping, driving in the four-wheel drive, bowling and bike riding.

Where do your families go for holidays?

Our families go to the beach, to New Zealand and to off-shore islands for our vacations.

For what kinds of things do you save your money?

We save our money to buy comics, collecting cards, clothing, shoes, toys, presents, Sega games, shows, Gameboy games and body boards for surfing.

How many students go to your school? How many people are usually in one class?

There are 188 students in our school at the moment - about 25 in each class.

How large is your city?

About 1.5 million people live in Brisbane and the surrounding area.

What are the seasons and the weather like where you live?

We have hot summers (the temperatures are 28[degrees]C-35[degrees]C in the day and 18[degrees]C-20[degrees]C at night) and cool winters (it can go down to 5[degrees]C at night but winter daytime temperatures are a pleasant 22[degrees]C).

What do you know about Canada? Has anyone in the class ever been to Canada?

Cold winters, winter sports, ice skating, snow, mountains, polar bears. Three children in the class have been to Canada: Charlie, whose mother is Canadian and he has been to Alberta; Hannah, whose father works in the oil industry goes to Canada regularly; and Rebecca, whose father is a tennis pro and worked at the Western Indoor Tennis Centre in Richmond, British Columbia for a year. (The teacher, Brian Dawson, has also been to Canada. His wife's godmother lives in Victoria, British Columbia.)

What do you think makes your country different from Canada?

We have much less snow. Our snow area is very small. Our sports are based on our climate. Also, as an island country, we are isolated, which has benefits and problems.

Which kind of world issues concern you the most?

We are concerned about nuclear bombs, depletion of the ozone layer, guns, drugs, crime and pollution.

What is the best thing about living in your country?

In Australia, we are away from the world's major conflicts. The climate here is good and it's a rich, free country with no famine.
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Date:Sep 22, 1997
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