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Carey Baptist - Melbourne

Carey Baptist Exchange - Week 1

Boarding a plane without your parents may be a daunting experience, but Billie, James and I had never been so excited to depart Auckland for Melbourne! On arrival, we were warmly welcomed by our exchange partners and their families and went out for dinner in town. Then we headed to our hosts’ homes. Luckily, my exchange partner, Claire, lives only a few minutes away from school, so we were able to walk, which felt strangely nice considering I usually catch the bus to school for 1 hour!

On my first day of school at Carey, the first period was house mentor group meeting, in which the daily notices were shared. After that, I went to Chinese and Science, which were both very interesting, but different to Kristin in the way of teaching. They still use the whiteboard a lot more. At morning tea, which they call recess Claire introduced me to her friends who were very kind and welcoming, which is just what I needed after getting lost a few times already on their extensive campus. For the rest of the day I had English, Maths, Geography and a class called Acting Up - a spin on drama class. At lunch, there was practice for house music which was going to be held on Friday. House music is a lot bigger at Carey, because it is compulsory. Everyone gets into their house spirit and it's a lot of fun! After school I caught the bus to the Yarra river where the majority of the students at Carey participate in the sport of rowing. I managed to end up in a team as a crew, rowing for the first time, which was scary experience at first! By the end of the two hour session I finally found my feet after being thrown in the deep end! Overall, it was a great first day and I was itching to get back.

The next morning, Claire and I went to rowing training before school, in an attempt to become fitter for the rowing season ahead of us. Once school started we had an extra long house mentor group meeting, where we practiced our routine for the house music competition, a famous Australian song, “You're the Voice” by John Farnham, which I'd never heard before! Afterwards, we had textiles which was really cool and we did an experiment on ice dying, the result being similar to tye dying, but with a totally different process. During the rest of the day, I had History, Chinese, Maths and English. After school, it was boiling hot so we went for a swim.

When Wednesday came around, school started at 8.50am, and as per usual we had house mentor group meeting first. At Carey, PE is once a week, double period- for two hours! We took buses out to local tennis courts so we could put our tennis skills that we had learnt so far into action! Unfortunately it was 26 degrees - melting hot! After lunch I had Acting Up class and Health, which has been the most similar class to our Kristin classes so far.

On Thursday, our year group went to a show about Shakespeare and his famous monologues and soliloquies which was interesting. Once again I had rowing after school, but I swapped with Billie and rode along the side of the river with the coach.

When Friday came around, we had house music, which had the whole school buzzing! We rehearsed all day in order to perfect our performance. After lunch, the whole Middle School was in costume, wearing full makeup and excited to get onstage to showcase their talents. It was great, busy week.

Carey Baptist Exchange - Week 2

We had already survived our first week at Carey Grammar School meeting plenty of new friends and teachers. After experiencing all of my classes I now knew my way around the Middle School. Carey has a two week roster, the first week is week A and the second week is week B. This week it was week B. First we had mentor group meeting as usual. The first class I had was Maths. Bella was learning probabilities which was great because I had never really learned it before. It was nice to learn something new. Then we had English, luckily for me Carey was learning Shakespearean language and poems which I had done before, so I could help out the students at Carey answer the questions in the workbook. For the rest of the day I had World History, French, CARE (community and religious education) and Science.

After school Sarah, James, Bella, Matt, Claire and I all had rowing down at the Yarra. On the weekend the weather had been terrible. Raining constantly with massive thunder and lightning storms, which was really scary! The Yarra river had risen a lot because of all the rain. There were many plastic bottles and rubbish everywhere in the river after the storm. Finally it was my first turn to row in a boat. I was really excited but nervous because I didn’t know if it was going to be hard or easy. James, Sarah and I rowed in the same boat with another exchange student from Canada, called Sam. We all got on well because we were exchange students. James, Sarah and Sam had all rowed before, but it was my first time so I was worried. Once was had done half a lap of the Yarra river, we turned around to go back to the boat shed. All four of us were rowing really hard and really fast, then all of a sudden BANG. We had crashed in to the side of the Yarra river bank. It was quite embarrassing because there was a lot of rowing boats passing us. But once we got ourselves out of that sticky situation we were sweet to go, rowing at a good steady pace. It was good to learn, try new things here. It’s what makes this exchange special.

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I have been in Australia for 11 days now, and attended school for 7 days, and I can say that the Australian accent isn’t one you easily get used to! School here in Australia has been really cool. It does have a slightly different feel to Kristin – Kristin being better of course. I have been on a trip out of school to do a mud run, which was a great day as I was able to meet people and get involved and show my Kiwi toughness. I had to race through one of the obstacles with the teachers – Aussie vs New Zealand – and the KIWIS WON!!!! I’m sure this will be a repeat for the Rugby World Cup Final. I am off to the Blue Mountains this weekend with my host family, which will be beautiful and we will be doing some walks. Oh and last weekend it was 31°C. How nice is that?! From The Kiwi over the Ditch (Amara Labb)

The Blue Mountains

Last weekend we went to the Blue Mountains, which are two hours out of Sydney. The weekend was absolutely amazing!

To get there we had to take a 12-hour train ride to Sydney and then a bus ride to our first stop… BONDI BEACH! We went for a swim and it was so clear and so nice, definitely a beach I would want to come back too. Obviously being in Sydney we saw the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which were both so cool.

Jason (my host dad Darren’s brother) picked us up for the next stage of the trip. I would tell you about what I saw driving to the mountains, but I was fast asleep – it had been a long day and I only had a little sleep on the train. In the Blue Mountains we did bush walks, swimming under water falls and had Halloween with all the little kids. I loved the three-hour walk we did - we saw the Three Sisters and some amazing views! Overall the weekend was one I will never forget. By The Kiwi over the Ditch (Amara Labb)

Carey Baptist Exchange

Today at school​ a crepe cart c​ame​ in. Although they cost $5 they were really nice and worth the money.

On Saturday Nikki and I went into the Melbourne CBD. We went to the Victoria Markets and then​ to​ the Melbourne Star. The views from the star were amazing! After that we went to a small town just outside of Melbourne central called Williamstown and had some really ​nice​ fish and chips by the beach.

The day before that we went to Yarra Valley and had lunch at a chocolate factory. After that​,​ we bought some chocolate and went out for a Greek dinner. By Charlotte Hardy

Carey Baptist Exchange

Charlotte and I have arrived at Carey Baptist Grammar School on Monday. We met with Lee Rainey and had an orientation around the school and we have our yellow dresses which are a bit different from home. Yesterday we came back from the airport and I then off to a family barbecue. My family is super nice and I can't wait to spend six weeks with them.

Wednesday: At school everyone is practicing for house music right now in preparation for Friday. My house is Newnham and we are doing Dynamite for the song. All of the students and teachers are super sweet and friendly, I'm having such a blast already and I can't wait for the two weeks of camp where I will get to spend even more time with my new friends. I am doing some subjects that I don't do at home like Drama and Viscom and Literature, it is really awesome and interesting to try something different.

Friday: House music was awesome!!!! I got to school in the morning and my exchange host Lauren didn't have a partner because she was sick so I had to step in and learn the dance in one day! House music bought such a good vibe into the year and I think everyone enjoyed it. This weekend my host family and I are going away to Lake Eildon and hopefully the weather will get better and we can go out onto the water.

Sunday: My weekend was so amazing, the weather wasn't too good and the wind was quite harsh but when you were in the sun it was actually lovely. On Saturday we went out on their boat and Gerald (Lauren's dad) went wake boarding and me and the girls went on the tubes. The wind was actually quite harsh and that was what made you cold in the end. The water was fresh and felt very nice against my skin. They showed me around the area and it was gorgeous, the lake looked majestic like in a photo and I had some really lovely times with Lauren's family.

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