"In much the same way that I was probably the only person alive who wished the evenings away in anticipation of school the next day, I was pretty certain I was also the only one who willed the afternoon lessons to move more slowly and dreaded the home time bell."
One of the most destinctive aspects of New Zealand schools are the uniforms. Americans will find it curious that for the most part that primary children do no wear uniforms, but almost all secondary schools require them. This was common in Britain during the early 20th century when school uniform trends were established in New Zealand. It is just the opposite of trends in America where many primary school children wear uniforms, but uniforms are much less common in secondary schools.