Arianna Frankel reports from the New England Girls’ School in Australia

The weekend before last, I went with Emily and her family to Sydney. The drive there took around six hours.  The city is amazing! We went to Harbor Bridge, the Opera House, Manley Beach, and the Taranga Zoo.  I saw so many interesting animals like Tasmanian devils, echidnas, kangaroos, pottaroos, wallabies, foxes, sugar gliders and, of course, koalas.  The trip was so fun. The highlight was seeing Emily’s brother and his band, Carousel, play at a pub.  We had to watch from the side of the stage, because it was an 18-and-over venue but we got the VIP experience of watching side stage.

I have also been becoming more accustomed to NEGS.  I have my year 11 uniform and have made fantastic friends. J

Work here is different; there is not much nightly prep (homework) but there are many big projects and exams. I participate actively in most of my classes.  Physical education is run differently. There are different sports offered at different times.  I am in an activity called Zumba. It’s like exercise dancing.

This past week, I missed three days of school to do the community service activity of helping Emily’s family run a dance competition called the Dance Eisteddfod.  Dancers come from all over the area to compete. It was very interesting for me to experience what goes on behind the scenes of a huge dance competition.

All in all, I’m having a great time in Australia and can’t wait to see what’s ahead for my last week here.