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The last day of 2013.

Oh, what a year it have been. 
Today it is the last day of 2013. It has been a very different year.
In January we where busy trying to clean our house and get rid of all the furniture and stuff that we couldn’t bring with us.
In February we took a vacation in Thailand, Bali and Sydney.
In March we finally arrived in New Zealand. Attending interviews with companies to get a job offer and we travelled around North Island.
In April we tried to get our new life in Christchurch settled. Start working.
In May the kids started school. In June we bought a house in Christchurch.

And from that month we have received our residency, some of our older kids have start working, my wife got a job. We have met a lot of new friends, and had old friends visiting us. We have been in the newspaper (New Zealand Herald. The kids have had a great time in their new school and have got some new friends. 
It has been a very exciting and in the same time a tough year. 
We enjoy our new life and looking forward to an exciting 2014. 

Happy New Year!

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School’s out

We where at the school that our son is starting after the summer holiday.
It looks really good, and the teachers seems to be very competent and nice.
We where surprised to hear that Swedish school are looking at the education system in New Zealand.
Now we know why! Our kids enjoy going to school and they are really motivated to go there.
They are encouraged to take part of the education and engaged in their study.
There are some differences in the levels and how the academic year are divided.
Since Swedish school study English from 3rd grade, our children had an relative easy way in to the school.
And with the latest results from Pisa, we are very happy that we left Sweden.

More information on the school system in New Zealand can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_New_Zealand

Some statistics on student assessments:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programme_for_International_Student_Assessment

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