To whit, check out these differences:
- they learn Mandarin, not French.
- they have a philosophy class where they learn to ask things like 'If 7/11s are open 24 hours a day why do they need to have locks on the door?'
- they have values, which include respect and kindness and bullying is frowned upon.
- every week there is a gold coin day for an unheard of but worthy charity.
- they go on interesting excursions to places like the Footscray Market to buy Vietnamese vegetables and fruit which they then learn about, cook and eat.
- there are no winners in the house sports competitions. There are 'finishers' and people who 'competed'.
- maths is studied on line at home and school by logging on to Mathletics which treats maths as a game.
- they have a market garden where they make compost, breed butterflies and harvest cauliflower.
- they have 'Nude Food' days where you have to rip the wrappers off the bars before they go into the lunchbox because everyone's lunch waste is weighed and tallied.
- they have groovy teachers who ride red scooters to school and wear leggings.
- they are taught to give presentations to large numbers from an early age (I didn't have to do this until I was 25 which gave me a crippling case of the red and blushies).
- they have to wear their hats everywhere and noone has a suntan.
- the maintenance workers and gardeners are young surfie types not slightly creepy \ mad older men.
- a plum
- a star
- a farmer
- the rain
And like the last 5 concerts, recycling and the environment were prominentlyy mentioned. Maybe recycling is the new religion.
But, and I say this as a largely non denominational person, just a teeny tiny little bit of me would like to see either:
- a Christmas concert with Christmas Carols, and two children inappropriately dressed as Mary and Joseph with a local screaming baby as Jesus in the manger and the Three Kings in the background or
- a concert which looks at the way other cultures celebrate their key festivals or religious days..............
(All images via Sarah Kaye)