Welcome to 2015!

South Australian Government Schools would like to wish you a Happy New Year!

We would also like to extend a very special welcome to all our international students commencing their studies in Term 1. Arriving in a new country, meeting your homestay family and starting at a new school is very exciting – we wish you all the best for your study abroad experience!

It’s summer time…and it’s hot!

For our newly arriving students we would like to remind you that it is SUMMER here in Australia! When you arrive in Adelaide you may find the temperature to be a little hotter than your home country, especially if you are coming from the northern hemisphere! Be aware that it may take a few days for you to adjust to the temperature difference (as well as the time difference) so try to relax and let your homestay family know if you are feeling unwell.

If you are leaving winter in your home country, the following tips will help you adjust to the warmer temperature when you arrive in Adelaide:

  • drink plenty of water
  • wear a hat and sunglasses when outside
  • apply sunscreen (SPF 30+ or higher) when outside
  • stay in the shade where possible when outside in the sun

If you would like to get to know our weather a little better, check out the Adelaide page on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website.

Celebrating Australia Day

Celebrating Australia DayJanuary 26 is Australia Day and is a national holiday in Australia to commemorate the day that Captain Arthur Philip, commander of the First Fleet, arrived in Sydney Cove in 1788 to establish the first European settlement. The tradition of having Australia Day as a national holiday only started in 1994 and is now celebrated by millions across the country.

Read more about the history of Australia Day


As with all of Australia, South Australia will host a number of ceremonies and free community events to celebrate our national day. Check here for events happening near you!

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