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Australia Diary: No Hat, No Play

There would be no sitting-on-the-school-hall-floor-with-your-legs-crossed assemblies, replaced here by plush seats in a fancy auditorium with air conditioning. (We could’ve only dreamed of that!)

There would be no compulsory whole school swimming carnival at the local pool, and there would most certainly be no “Carols by Candlelight: School Edition” in December.

And there would be no Big Hat.

Australia Diary: No Hat, No Play
Australia Diary: No Hat, No Play

Sometimes, it’s the little things, like Big Hats, when you’re away from home, that hit the hardest.

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The Chilton family, without their big hats. CreditCourtesy of Carly Chilton

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