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Seven weeks of summer

A few people have asked me why schools have seven weeks off this year. Some have suggested that it was an error on behalf of the local authority, but I don’t think this is correct. For a start, if it was an error then it’s an error repeated by the majority of local authorities around the country.

I think the fault of our extra long holidays falls firmly at the hands of our solar system, and is a quirk of our calendar.

A school year consists of 39 weeks of school  (including 5 training days) and 13 weeks of holidays. That neatly adds up to 52 weeks which any child can tell you us the length of 1 year. Except it isn’t.  52 weeks is 364 days, but a year has 365 or 366 if it’s a leap year, due to the fact it takes 365 and 1/4 days for the earth to orbit the sun. This discrepancy of 1 or 2 days between a school year and a calendar year means that the school year gets earlier and earlier each year. Every 5 or 6 years, depending where leap years fall, we get an entire week earlier. So to keep our summer holidays in the summer it is necessary to have an extended summer holiday every 5 or 6 years because the Earth refuses to work in multiples of seven.

In my school with have a shorter summer holiday, which means we will get 6 weeks this year. Don’t feel too bad for me though, we get two weeks off in October….

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  1. July 26, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Reblogged this on The Echo Chamber.

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