Against that background, I ended up with twelve years of primary and Secondary schooling. (My brother had 13 years, starting at age four). The school subsequently did add the extra year of school, so from a few years later, the children had the 13 years.
Starting school at five (with a September birthday), I was in year 12 at 16, turning 17 towards the end of the year. My brother, being only four when he started school also finished year 12 at 16.
Where does the odd one out come from? For those children who started at a different school system, and joined my school later in their schooling, they were all 6-12 years older. There was only one other girl in my class who was younger than me. A little bit the odd one out, I suppose.
But it was when I started university that I really became the odd one out. All the others in first year at Uni were 18 years old, I was only 17 (maybe it was only most, but it felt like all the others). That year did seem to make a bit of a difference. For example, living in Victoria, I could not get my driver’s licence; all the others could. My brother also had the same experience – the odd on out being around a year or younger than his peers.
It was a bit of a coincidence that our son, was also the odd one in the same way. This was because of moving around the country a bit – and because he had started school in Adelaide. Here they had their first years as half Prep and half Grade 1. He also started university at 17, when most of his peers were already 18. At least though he had the opportunity driving as we were then living in Canberra.
Joy Shirley, August 2017