Monday, October 25, 2010

Starting School

Mrs W@Harston in Victoria, Australia and I were having a conversation last week about the education systems in different schools and countries.
I was particularly interested in how and when schools start the children who are just beginning school.
This is what we found out:

Prep students all start in January if they turn 5 by 30 April. Or they can wait until the intake the next January, if they prefer, when they are 5 and a half.

New Zealand:
Children start school on the day that they turn 5.
At our school if their birthday is before May 1 they will be a Year 1, and the following year will be a Year 2.
If their birthday is between May 1 and December 31 they will be a Year 0, and will be Year 1 from the following January.

I wonder what happens in other schools around the world?


  1. I wonder if every kid has shcool viits around the world

  2. Dear Mrs. MiKienzie does every one has a wiki?

  3. Dear Mrs. McKenzie,

    Here in British Columbia, Canada students start kindergarten in September if they will turn 5 by the end of the calendar year (December 31). So some students are 4 when they start kindergarten and some are 5.

    The following year they enter grade 1. Kindergarten is not mandatory here, but all families where we live enroll their children.

    It is fun looking at similarities and differences with other parts of the world!

    Mrs. W