Well since I'm an Aussie (I'm in Victoria) myself, I guess I should fire away with answers!
In terms of school, you have to be five-years-old by April 30th to start Prep (otherwise you wait till the next year, however some parents keep their kids back anyway regardless of whether they can start early).
From Prep, you go grades 1-6 and then you enter High School and complete years 7-12. In years 11 and 12 you choose whether to complete VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) or VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning). You do VCE if you want to go to Uni or TAFE and VCAL is more to help you get apprenticeships in hairdressing, carpentry, etc. If you need more information on VCE/VCAL drop me a PM and I'll help you out more. It'll get too confusing if I post anymore in here about it.
Popular names - The most popular in my area is Megan, Jess, Emily, Kate, Samantha, Jaimi, Caitlin, James, Daniel, Sam, Tom, Matt, Will, Luke, and too many more.
It honestly depends what type of area you want. Are you wanting outback/bush or more outer-suburbs, beach, etc. ?
Where should the school be? What should I name the school? I was personally thinking Elmbark School of Magic...
Also, what you name the school has to fit in - for example, if you head up towards the Murray river towns on the border of Victoria like Echuca, Shepparton, Deniliquin (I used to live up that area so I know them well), one of the Private school's I think is called 'St Josephs College'. Only expensive Private schools (Like Fintona Girls School and Our Lady of Sion) have fancy names, but even then Xavier College is one of the most prestigious boys schools and it's not that fancy. However I don't think they're considered so great at the moment after their muck-up day...
My understanding (I never paid attention in Commerce and Law class in year ten :rolleyes: ) is after two years you can apply to be a Citizen. If you look on the Australian Government site for it I am sure it could give you an exact answer.
She wasnt born in Australia (DUH!) Her foster Parents are British, well, her foster dad works in the British Ministry, in the Department of International Magical Cooperation, so he was posted to Australia for some reason when Natasha was 1 year old. Would she be able to become an Australian citizen after staying there for fifteen years?
Teacher's at Public Schools are generally laid back (however, come exam time...) and they do a lot of group discussions and questions together (well, my classes always do.). There's not a lot of 'lectures' as such, but sometimes it might be one class of all board notes and the next all discussions and activities relating.
What would their culture be like? As in their school life, teachers, behaviour towards other students, etc?
Behaviour towards other students - we love nicknames, first of all. Everyone at work (and I work with a lot of my friends so it's spread) calls me Pip (AKA Pippy Long-stocking). Teachers even use the nicknames - sometimes it's a shortened version of the surname or the surname with a 'y' added (like 'Glenny', for example). Other's are either people mucking around (like one guy known by everyone as 'Mullet' for his hair) or from an embarrassing moments that generally occur in year seven and stick forever.
We tend to laugh a lot at each other (whether or not it's being mean or nice) and most people only grow up in year 11 or 12 and that's because all of the idiots generally drop out end of year 10 (aged 16). Also, in Victoria, Aussie Rules Football (AKA 'footy') is so popular and a lot of my childhood memories is learning to play footy on a Friday afternoon for PE.
Um, well I suppose because it's a sport I think they would be since we love our sports but I think if there was another sport you could create it might work well too.
Would they be as enthusiastic about Quidditch as the Hogwarts students are?
Well most schools in Victoria (I'm not so sure on other states and territories so correct me here everyone interstate) have a compulsory uniform and that's generally a school dress, skirt, shorts, shirt and/or polo top, whinsheater and pants. I imagined a sort of 'over robe' as well as a uniform (like the Potter movies suggest) but it's honestly up to you. Generally as a side note however, only the Private/Catholic/top Government schools wear ties and blazers (and sometimes the funny hats too).
What type of uniforms should they wear? Like, should they wear robes, or tops and skirt/pants?
Um, some slang include 'what a pis$er!'or 'bloody hilarious' but they are more slang used by not so... refined folk.
I've asked this in the Being British thread, but I'd also like to know if there is some particularly Aussie way of saying something is really funny.
And I think I should really go to bed now since it's almost 12:30am.