From our humble beginnings as a convict settlement in 1788, to becoming one of the great countries in the 21st Century, we have much to be thankful for and to celebrate on this day. January 26 is significant for all aussies, a day when we acknowledge the true spirit of what it is to be an Australian, from our nation's humble and tentative birth, to today's dynamic, progressive and truly egalitarian country, of which we can all feel proud to belong. Among the many activities and events on this day, some will seek the beaches, some the backyard BBQ, others will just sit and watch the Aus Open (Tennis) or witness the aussies beat the Poms in one day cricket!! A great day for family and friends to get together-of course, there will be the obligatory beer and prawns!! Sadly, the day is also a day of remembrance for the victims of the recent and tragic Queensland floods. This disaster cost many lives, destroyed countless properties, and will have a substantial negative impact on our economy for years to come. But we will survive, and come back even stronger and with even more pride in our great nation. So to all you expat aussies in international schools the World over remember your country well, and have a great Australia Day!!