Bona Vista Reserve

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  • Day6

    Armidale, our home away from home

    July 22, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Home at last. 💕
    We had the first weekend to settle in. We got our own little house on the school ground which by the way is enormous.
    The school even has its own equestrian center as well as a junior school, a gym with a pool, four boarding houses and of course the senior school buildings. 💕
    I work in Transition which is a class of 3-5year olds.
    I love these kids and I love the concept of Transition. It is the perfect combination of learning and playing. We do everything from writing, reading, music, drawing, crafts, swimming, horse riding, gymnastics to excursions to the fire and police station.
    There is never a boring day in Transition. 💕
    We even decided to get a guinea pig. 💕
    Our school has lots of special days and events throughout the year. Since we arrived we had a Harry Potter night and we dressed up for book week as our favourite book character and also for French day. 💕
    The people here and especially the ones I work with are the most welcoming and kind people I could ever wish for. If there is something we need we just have to ask for it (we even got a new TV). 💕
    We are slowly getting used to all the colourful birds and the different landscape around here. A lot of the birds look like the ones we have in zoos (especially Rosellas).
    I also met my first Australian spider which nearly gave me a heart attack. Just google Hunstman Spider and you will know what I mean.
    Apparently they are completely harmless (yet terrifying) not like Magpies (birds) who are the personified devil. Fortunately they only really attack you during nesting season in spring but they can't be trusted all year around.
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  • Day198

    Back home (Armidale)

    January 30, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    After 8 weeks of travelling, 4 flights and around 15.000km I arrived back home in Armidale.
    Those 8 weeks have been more than amazing. 💕
    I am truly thankful for all the magical things I got to see/do. and it really has been an adventure of a lifetime. 💕
    Thank you to everyone who made all of this possible for me. 💕
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  • Day331

    Back home to Armidale for the last time

    June 12, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    After four amazing days in Sydney it was time to say goodbye. Goodbye to this extraordinary city which we visited so many times in the last year and if it was only as a stopover at the airport.
    We left heavy hearted because it will probably be quite some time (I do plan on coming back one day💕) before we will see Sydney again.
    Next week we will fly to Sydney but only to change planes and fly to Melbourne so that wasn't much of a help.
    Those last four days showed me a new side of Sydney (not quite as crowded as on New Years Eve and somehow more relaxed than usual) which I've come to love and I think I can say that Brisbane and Sydney are now equal at first place in my top Australian cities ranking. 💕
    It was not only our last time exploring Sydney, it was also our last time flying home to Armidale. The place we got to call home for the last year.
    I still can't believe how fast time has flown by and that we only have 8 days left (it is the 15th as I'm writing this) until we have to leave this place and all our friends here behind.
    Two days ago on Tuesday we had our farewell at the school assembly (one week early because the last week tends to get quite hectic).
    We were praised by the girls and got a goodbye card from the people we worked with and a NEGS sports bag with our names embroided on them as a gift (quite handy because I needed a second piece of luggage anyway and they really are beautiful). 💕
    Heather also said a few words about us and we gave a short thank you speech to the school and everyone we worked with. 💕
    It was one of the hardest things we had to do simply because it meant recalling all the wonderful friendships that have formed and all the amazing experiences we got to make with the knowledge that it will soon be over and we will have to leave.
    Anyway I'm immensely grateful for everything and everyone that has happened to me during this year and I'm so lucky to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. 💕
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  • Day265

    Costumes, Cleaning and heaps of fun

    April 7, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Who would've thought cleaning and tidying up could be so much fun?
    The drama department finally found a key for one of their store rooms and of course that one looked like an absolute mess.
    One day before we left for the holidays we started cleaning and throwing things out because most of the things in there were ready for the bin (we even found mummified lemons).
    Some of the costumes were still wearable though and we had heaps of fun dressing up in all the crazy ways
    possible. And of course we took pictures of our favourite creations. 💕
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  • Day301

    ESC Sleepover

    May 13, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    What do you do when you really want to watch the Eurovision Song Contest but you are in Australia and it starts at 5am and your TV doesn't really work?
    You have a sleepover in Dickens House (empty boarding house) and just put three mattresses right in front of the TV so you only have to open your eyes and turn the TV on at 4:59am the next day.
    We also ordered pizza that day and made an extraordinary desert consisting of chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallows, caramel, peanuts, cookie dough and pretzels. 💕
    We ate and watched some DVDs before we set our alarms and went to sleep.
    The next morning we had lots of fun watching the ESC even though it was yet again a huge fail for Germany.
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  • Day307

    Gappies 2016/2017

    May 19, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    As our time here will soon come to an end, our school decided to take some pictures of us to put into the school magazine as well as the local newspaper. 💕
    I really like how they turned out and they are a great memory.
    Heather our lovely mentor had to be in some of them as she organised everything for us and guided us through our year. 💕
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  • Day314

    Athletics Carnival

    May 26, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Our schools athletics carnival was held on the 26th of May and even my little ones were invited to join.
    We got to do some marching with the whole junior school as an opening for the carnival and it was lots of fun as always. 💕
    Transition also got to participate in a little sprint which they all mastered brilliantly.
    The big girls dressed up to support the house they are in and Georgie was dressed up as well since both of her sisters are in Green.
    It was a nice day and active day for everyone. 💕
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  • Day327

    Tour de St. John's

    June 8, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    No matter if on a scooter, a balance bike, a bike with or without training wheels everyone of our kids gave their best in the Tour de St. John's. 💕
    Our little ones got to ride inside the tennis courts while the older students rode around the turning circle.
    They each got a mark on their hand for every lap they did and none of them were going to give up so they all kept going until we had to finish it up because it was lunch time.
    We and they were all really proud of their achievements and the good sportsmanship they showed that day. 💕
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  • Day336

    Gappie Farewell Social

    June 17, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Socials in Australia are a special phenomenon.
    Normally it means one or more boarding schools visiting another to have a party for their students with social interaction (hence the name).
    Especially when the boys visit our girls or the other way around everyone gets really excited.
    And because we live in a country town and basically everyone is a farmer we hear a lot of songs about tractors, cowboys ("save a horse ride a cowboy" no joke) and other weird country songs you have never heard before. Australian also loves its themed parties so every time the girls and boys get to dress up with the boys usually wearing less than our girls.
    Anyway we only have one week left so we decided to host our own "Gappie Social" for our girls.
    We decorated the assembly hall with balloons and set up a photo booth for the girls. Of course we all had a theme for the girls it was "Leave a little sparkle wherever you go". 💕
    The girls came as their sparkliest self and we handed out glowsticks as an added bonus.
    Since it was our social we finally got to play some good songs that you can actually dance to.
    We played games like musical statues (when the music stops you have to freeze), had dance battles and sang karaoke. 💕
    It was heaps of fun. 💕 We danced all night and our last song was "Castle on the hill" as it is our coming home song.
    The girls were really cute and made a tunnel for us to walk through as well as giving us three cheers. 💕
    We will really miss them all. 💕
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  • Day340

    Uniform Shop

    June 21, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Germany doesn't have school uniforms which is probably why we find them so interesting (they probably aren't for an Australian).
    One of the last things we did while we were at NEGS was going to the Uniform shop to try on the winter and summer uniform of our school.
    We had heaps of fun and got some photos that make truly great memories. 💕
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