Our journey in New Zealand lasted from December 3rd to January 5th.
I went to New Zealand to see if I wanted to do an exchange year and so I talked to students my age to ask them about living and going to school in NZ.
School is very different from ours. Primary school is from first to sixth grade, seventh and eighth grade are called Intermediate School and High School lasts until year 13, in which you turn about 18. The children go to school by bus and have to wear uniforms. The students I talked to liked them. However some schools have stricter rules than others.
Most pupils have to be at school at 8.45 and after an assembly of all students, where the teachers talk about special students and competitions, class starts. There are a lot of practical subjects like food tech, wood tech, dance and fabric. A lot of children learn the native language Maori and can choose between different other languages like German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and French. Doing sports at school is a lot more important than in Germany. There are many competitions between the different schools in sports like rugby, cricket, volleyball and netball (similar to basket- and volleyball). Schools in New Zealand have the same amount of holidays that we have.