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The school is looking better and better day by day. The reception area is almost complete and the classrooms are ready and waiting for use.

The phone and fax lines will be installed today if all goes to plan so look for the updates to the website shortly.

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We have been working around the clock to get the office in shape and can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

It’s been a long but exciting journey and we can hardly wait to open the doors to the public. However, there are a few things still left to do.

Hopefully we will be on schedule for a mid-February open! Stay tuned for an update 🙂

Many people asked me why I chose to name my school ‘Kangaroo’. People who know me thought it was because I was Australian. Others thought that kangaroos were my favourite animals.

Truth be told though, it’s more like a combination of factors. First of all kangaroos are iconic creatures and draw attention effortlessly and secondly they can’t move backwards. These two factors are important from both a marketing and philosophical viewpoint. The fact that kangaroos can’t move backwards makes one think that they are always moving foward. Hopefully, Kanagroo school will also only move fowards and its goal is for its students to always be progressing also.

Speaking of kangaroos and their movements, another interesting fact is that kangaroos cannot move their legs individually on land but can when they swim. Have you ever seen a kangaroo swim?

There are many interesting facts about kangaroos. Over the next few entries I will share some of them with you.

There is a popular myth about the origin of the word ‘kangaroo’. The myth goes that when European explorers first saw the strange creatures they asked a native Australian what they were called and they said ‘kangaroo’ meaning “I don’t understand”. The explorers thought it was the animal’s name and that’s how kangaroos got their name.

In truth, however; the word kangaroo comes from the Aboriginal Guugu Yimithirr tribe’s word ‘gangurru’ which is the word for grey kangaroos.

A male kangaroo is named a buck, boomer or jack and a female kangaroo is called a flyer, doe or jill.

A young kangaroo is called a joey and a group of kangaroos is called a mob.

Below is a picture of my niece Suliana Tesi Jr with a kangaroo in Melbourne, Australia.

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It’s been a long journey but we are in the final stages of preparation and are really looking foward to opening our doors to the public in February!

Let’s start the countdown so we can get busy studying English and having fun together 🙂