^ I didn't realise the NZ schooling system would be that different from Australia's. I'm also actually really interested in NZ secondary schooling at the moment because I'm thinking about moving there for a year or two once I finish my course and am a qualified teacher. So that's pretty interesting to hear.
And yeah I have to say that most the public schools in Australia are pretty fantastic. I've done teaching rounds at both private schools and government schools and the government schools are always better by a mile. Private schools teach by memorisation and very uncreative techniques, and spoon-feed their students because all they want is their school to perform well and get high marks. Government schools over here have come a long way and are really open-minded, creative and innovative in terms of schooling.