**NZ Impression-Student's uniform

這邊學生的制服不管是夏天或是冬天,都是短褲或裙子~~現在明明是冬天,可是每次看到國中或國小的學生上學都只能穿著短褲或裙子,就一直覺得很奇怪,天氣明明就很冷,怎麼大家都不換季,不怕冷的繼續穿短的。問過Homestay媽媽,他說這可能是傳統吧,從以前到現在一直都是這樣,學生到了12年級以上,就可以穿長的了,不過在這之前都是短的,這是他們的制服,不過冬天的時候他們可以穿著長襪,加上學校早上7:30就開始開暖氣了,所以感覺也還好。

不過說到學校的暖氣,每天只從7:30開到11:00,因為這邊的電太貴了,所以只要那天一沒出太陽的話,那小朋友可能就會覺得很冷了~實在很讓人想像,每天上課腳都抖到受不了的感覺,現在我出門都幾乎是穿很多,他們還是只能可憐的穿短褲、裙子~
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(Student's Uniform)

Since I came here until now, one thing made me feel confused. Who do Intermediate and Collage students always wear short pants or skirts, no matter the weather? Whether its cold or not? Sometimes I feel very cold and I can't stop myself shivering, but students walk on the street still wear short pants and skirts! I always think " How can they cope? Why can't they wear long pants or skirts?"

In our country, we change to long pants during winter, and change to short ones in summer. My homestay mother said it's probably because of the culture. For many years, they wore short pants and skirts, and nobody thought about changing it. Students could wear long socks in winter, so they wouldn't feel cold.

Now in NZ, schools would turn on the heaters every morning, so when the students arrived at their school, they wouldn't feel cold. But schools usually turn off heaters at 11 o'clock to save electricity. So if the day wasn't sunny, the students would feel very cold.

Teacher's comment: Interesting point. Some schools allow both boys and girls to wear long trousers in winter.

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