Winter Holidays

Victorian schools are currently having their mid-year two week holiday break.

Australia is in the southern hemisphere, so it is winter here. Our blogging buddies in North America and England live in the northern hemisphere, so they are enjoying their long summer vacation.

The image below shows a world map. (Click on the image to see it more clearly). The red line is the equator. The equator is an imaginary line that is drawn around the earth, dividing the two hemispheres.

Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AWorld_map_with_equator.jpgBy User:Cburnett (Image:World-map-2004-cia-factbook-large-2m.jpg) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

All countries above the equator are in the northern hemisphere, while countries below the equator are in the southern hemisphere. Areas that are close to the equator are warmer than other areas.

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We live in Victoria, a southern state of Victoria. The days and nights are pretty chilly here at the moment!

Here are some winter facts:

  • The winter months in Australia are June, July and August.
  • July is generally the coldest month in Melbourne (Victoria’s capital city). The average July temperature in Melbourne is 13.4 degrees.
  • On average, Victoria receives about 49mm of rain during each month of winter.
  • In Victoria, snow generally only falls in the mountains in the east of the state.
  • Victoria’s lowest ever recorded temperature was -11.7 degrees celsius at Omeo in 1965, and then again at Falls Creek in 1970.

Image source: photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/hansel5569/8234897712/”>55Laney69</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>cc</a>

What do you like to do in winter?

What is your favourite season?

Spring is here, and Happy Father’s Day!

Today, Saturday 1st September, is the first day of spring in Australia.

After a cold and wet winter in Victoria, we are all looking forward to the start of a new season. In fact, Geelong has had its wettest winter in nearly 30 years! Spring lasts for three months; September, October and November.

Does this image remind you of spring?

Image: ‘Early April in Georgia’s Callaway Gardens
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22834654@N04/3418526343

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The first Sunday in September, which is tomorrow, also marks a special day. It is Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is a day where we thank and celebrate our fantastic dads.

Lots of students have special plans to celebrate Father’s Day and I am sure all of the 4KM and 4KJ dads will enjoy the day with their families.


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What do you enjoy about spring?

How are you celebrating Father’s Day?