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koalaAustralian partners are from Canberra (Australian Capital Territory), New South Wales and Perth in Western Australia.

In August the children from one of the schools in Australia visited Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (ACT). The Reserve suffered from bushfires in January. They saw where the fire had burned the trees, some had started to grow new branches but many of them were dead. Only a few animals survived but there are lots of birds and the children saw a kookaburra as well as some kangaroos.

Liz, from the other partner school, has written from a small country town in New South Wales called Junee, about five hours south west of Sydney:

"There are twenty-nine students in my class, sixteen year 6's and thirteen year 5's. They are of mixed abilities but predominantly boys. They each have their own email address. Junee has around four thousand people and the weather here gets very hot in summer and we have frosts in winter but never snow. We are about two hours from the New South Wales snowfields, so some people go there for the day."

Extracts from emails

Emails from Junee spoke mainly about sports and food. Favourite sports are athletics, basketball, cricket, rugby football, soccer, touch football, BMX riding and horse riding. Popular food included peanut butter on toast, vegemite (a spread), sausage rolls, meat pies, "two minute noodles" and pavlova (meringues, cream and soft fruit). Food from McDonalds and KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) is popular along with barbecues.

Extract from an email from Perth

Ardross School was built in 1961 and since then there have been many changes. The library, built in 1991, now has a number of computers. We use these to access the internet ... we have pen pals from all over the world. This helps us to get to know how we are the same and how we are different. Sharing ideas helps people to understand each other. We like that we are the same but we also like that we are different.

Email from a pupil in Perth

kangaroo I go to Ardross School, Western Australia. My hobbies are playing soccer and playing video games.

My favourite place is Rottnest just off the coast of Western Australia. Rottnest is peaceful and there is plenty of room to ride your bike. It is also a great place to fish and there are lots of places to visit and lots of beaches. Most of all I like the quokkas. Quokkas look like small kangaroos and are native to Rottnest.


Email from a pupil from Ardross School

I am eleven years old in 7th grade at Ardross School in Perth. My hobbies include playing sports like AFL (Australian Football League), cricket and rugby. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and playing lots of games like darts and bike races.

My favourite place in Western Australia is just off the coast of Garden Island in a 16 foot dingy. This place is my favourite place because it's so calm and peaceful until a big wave comes than it's a bit hectic but that doesn't happen very often. One time when we were fishing we saw seals jumping out of the water.

The best thing I did on the holidays was going to Adventure World which is an amusement park. The reason I like Adventure World is that there is so much to do, like you can go swimming or go on the rides. My favourite ride is the Rampage which spins around really fast. I like this ride because it's the scariest ride there, not that any of them are scary.

I live in Winthrop. I came from Canberra about four weeks ago. So far Perth is great. I moved from Canberra in the holidays and it is warmer over here in Perth and there are more beaches too. The water is clear and warm.

Email from a teacher in Perth

We are currently on Easter/end of term 1 holidays, returning to school on Tuesday 26 April. 25 April is ANZAC Day which is why we don't return on a Monday. (ANZAC Day commemorates the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought in both World Wars. It is a tradition to bake ANZAC biscuits.)

Emails from Perth, Western Australia

emuArdross is in Perth Western Australia. My hobbies are soccer and hockey. I also like PlayStation 2 and Gamecube.

I love being outdoors and I have many favourite sports including netball, waterpolo, athletics, soccer, and swimming.

I am twelve years old. I enjoy waterskiing and spending time with my friends but I especially love the nature of Western Australia and often go for bushwalks with my family.

I enjoy playing soccer and I support a team from the English Premier league called Manchester United (Man.U).

The sports I play are swimming, basketball, tennis, netball and I also play footy.

My hobbies include playing sports like AFL, which stands for Australian Football League, cricket and rugby. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and playing lots of games like darts and bike races.

I play computer games and basketball but my favourite game in Australia is cricket. I went to a cricket game and it was exciting.

I am a twelve year old boy and my birthday is on the first of June. I enjoy soccer, swimming, BMX and going to the beach.

surfing One of my favourite things to do is go to the beach and my favourite place in the whole of Western Australia is Redgate Beach which is about 10 km south of Margaret River. ... Redgate is a surf beach with a strong right hand. It has fine white sand and big rocks either end of the beach. Sometimes Redgate has massive waves and sometimes the waves are very small.

My family and I love the marine life and beaches. Coogee Beach is one of my favourite places. Every time we go there, the first thing that we do is go scuba diving.

There are lots of things to do in Perth. I live near the Swan River and close to the beaches. I like to go to the beach so I can go bodyboarding.

My favourite sport is sailing. I sail every Sunday with training in the morning and racing in the afternoon. My boat is called a Pelican. It has one sail and a spinnaker. I am doing quite well in some races.

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