What a Busy Week….

What a busy week we have had in the Hemingway household. So many milestones for all of us this week.

At last we have Michaela’s Year 12 results. Hubby woke me at 7:01 am with the news that the ATAR scores were out. That had me flying out of bed to wake Michaela. She groaned when I walked in and she saw the time. Her exact words were, “what’s wrong with you people – it’s seven o’clock.”

I convinced her to find out her results online to put us out of our misery. Very groggy she logged in and checked out her results. The ATAR score is a score given for six subjects taken over years 11 and 12. They take the scores which is a score given out of 50 for each subject and then give an aggregate score which becomes the ATAR. The highest ATAR one can get is 99.99. The ATAR is a grading system out of all the students in the state of Victoria so that Universities can decide which students to make offers to for various courses. Each course has a specific minimum ATAR that the student must achieve to be accepted into that particular course.

Michaela did very well considering that she only had five subjects she could use to obtain her ATAR score as the school misinformed us when we immigrated about the subjects she should have taken in Year 10. Almost all students wanting to go to Uni take a Year 11 subject in Yr 10 so that by the end of Yr 11 they have the sixth subject already completed when they start Yr 12. They are only able to take 5 subjects in Yr 12 and hence Michaela missed out on her 6th subject. She achieved a score of  85.7 which was outstanding on 5 subjects. Of course she was a little disappointed not to have the 6th subject as her ATAR would have been higher then, but all in all she was really happy with her achievement. For those of you back home this score would translate into an A aggregate so we were very proud of her hard work and achievement. Not only did she score well but we attended an awards evening at school as she won the Top study score for the year in Psychology – an amazing achievement. Her ATAR score will be enough to get her into her Double Degree at almost all the Uni’s that offer the course – we just have to wait for them to offer her a place now.

Michaela Award 2012

Hubby also had a big week. He finally went for his tattoo yesterday after putting it off all year – this was his Christmas present. He wanted a tattoo to remind himself of all the hard work and effort he went to for his Ironman event. Even though things didn’t go exactly as expected it will always be a reminder to him that “all things are possible” as his tattoo says. We wanted the New Zealand  silver fern and some Maori pattern as well. It came out fantastic although he said it was rather painful.

TATTOO

For those of our family who are quietly freaking out about now – don’t panic – it is not visible as it will be under his shirt for work and it is quite the norm to be tattooed here in Australia and New Zealand. He said he found it quite liberating to do something so radical and different.

It was a special day today for Aaron who had his Prep Christmas Concert this morning. We all went down to his school and watched him sing for us – it was too cute. Hubby and I commented that he is so serious at times. He was dressed in his Christmas gear and all the kids looked so sweet. They sang a special version of Jingle Bells especially for Aussies.

Christmas Prep concertHere are the words to the Aussie Version of Jingle Bells. I have translated on the side;

Dashing through the bush.
in a rusty holden ute,                          (ute is a bakkie/truck)   
Kicking up the dust,
esky in the boot,                                     (esky is a cooler box)             
Kelpie by my side,                                  (kelpie is an Aussie dog)
singing Christmas songs,
It’s Summer time and I am in
my singlet, shorts and thongs.       (thongs are not what you think haha – they are flip flops.)

 Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut!,
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden Ute.

 Engine’s getting hot;
we dodge the kangaroos,
The swaggie climbs aboard,                         (swaggie is an itinerant Aussie labourer)
he is welcome too.
All the family’s there,
sitting by the pool.
Christmas Day the Aussie way,
by the barbecue.

 Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut!,
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden Ute.

Come the afternoon,
Grandpa has a doze,
The kids and Uncle Bruce,
are swimming in their clothes.
The time comes ’round to go,
we take the family snap.
Pack the car and all shoot through,
before the washing up.

 Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut!,
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden Ute.

 

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

 

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