Useful Notes: Australian School System
The Australian School System has three levels: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary. These tropes are often true about schools in Australia:
- Elevator School
- School Uniforms Are the New Black: School uniforms are the norm rather than the exception for both Primary and Secondary levels of education. The main exceptions would be in remote area schools where there simply aren't enough students to justify a production run, senior colleges which are often attached to universities (Australian senior colleges are closer to American prep schools than British senior colleges), and distance education where they aren't physically attending a school most of the time. (Indooroopilly State High in inner Brisbane, QLD is one of the few exceptions to that. It was used as a trial to the US style dress code and while it was never expanded to the whole state it was never changed back there either. Public high schools in the Northern Territory also do not have uniforms.)
- Another potentially jarring difference for those in the US is that schools in Australia aren't built with lockers. Students simply carry everything in a schoolbag. TV shows in schools avoid the 'hanging out at the lockers' trope, replacing it with talking in class before the teacher shows up, or during the two or three meal breaks (depending on the school).
- Many Australian high schools do have lockers, but they are much smaller compared to their American counterparts (they are built just to house a few textbooks at a time). Also, schools do not have "locker breaks", students have to retrieve and out away their belongings during meal breaks.
- Speaking of meal breaks, most schools have two, a short 15 to 20 minute break called recess in high schools and 'little lunch' in primary schools around 10 to 11am, and a longer 30 to 60 minute lunch break that starts between 12:30 to 1:30pm. Obviously the name, timing and length depend on the school.
- 'Home Room' is far from comprehensive across the country. It's also generally called 'Roll-Call' or 'Admin', and many schools don't have it at all, using the first period in high schools to record the roll and make announcements.