Bairnsdale is East Gippsland's government center and has a population of just under 12,000 people. The city is located on the Mitchell River which leads into Lake King. It is a prime location for anglers and fishermen. Seems like my kind of place!
Students who attend the government school, Bairnsdale Secondary College, come from up to 80 km away or 2 hours on bus. The school is only about a kilometer from the house I am staying at which will make transportation very easy to and from. I will be working in the new science building which hasn't officially opened yet but has been in use for the past year. It is equipped with new technologies such as smart boards and various pieces of science equipment.
I will be going into the school on monday with new teachers to get acquainted with the new setting and faculty. I am really looking forward to meeting my cooperating teachers and cannot wait to meet my new students. I really hope they don't make too much fun of my "unusual" accent! School will start on wednesday for me when I will go in to help set up the school and the classrooms where I will be teaching. Students will be coming during the following days.
Today, I plan to get into town to see what Bairnsdale has to offer. I also need to pick up some toiletries at the market since I already ran through the 1.5 oz of soap I was allowed to bring onto the plane. I will also have to check out the local bait and tackle shop to see about a fishing license!