US Expat baffled by Aussie rules within the schoolyard

A rule which all Aussie kids have had to endure in the school playground has completely baffled an American expat working as a schoolteacher.

Kaymie Wuerfel, who moved to Sydney from the US, has revealed the bizarre schoolyard rules which left her gobsmacked.

Taking to TikTok, Ms Wuerfel said she was confused when she approached a child sitting alone in the playground in the shade, only to be informed of the ‘No Hat, No Play’ policy.

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Togs, cossies, rubbers and bathers are just a few words that have baffled this US expat working as a teacher in Australia.Source:TikTok TikTok

The US teacher has revealed some of the confusing rules and words used at the school she works at.Source:TikTok TikTok

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“Why are you not playing with the other kids,” she asks herself in a comical re-enactment on TikTok.

“I don’t have my hat,” she replies, pretending to be a student.

“What does that have to do with anything,” she responds to the hat admission.

“No hat, no play,” the ‘student’ replies.

Ms Wuerfel said that as well as the hat rule, she was also confused by what we call ‘swimsuits’ (including the words togs, bathers and cossies).

Ms Wuerfel, who moved to Sydney in November 2019 to be with her Australian husband, said she was also shocked by the meaning of ‘rubber’ in Australia.

A student had asked her for a ‘rubber’, and she instantly thought they were talking about a condom – but in fact they were just after an eraser.

The bubbly American has created a popular TikTok account revealing the list of things she has learned about her new home country.

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The US teacher was confused by some Aussie school rules, including the ‘No Hat, No Play’ policy.Source:TikTok TikTok

She said she was shocked to learn what the other meaning of ‘rubber’ was.Source:TikTok TikTok

Previously, the American expat has revealed the biggest cultural shocks she discovered since arriving Down Under – including using the C-word to greet people, free healthcare, chicken salt and being charged 15 cents for a grocery bag.

Earlier this month during a grocery shop with her husband, Ms Wuerfel realised all the prices labelled on shelves were already “marked to include tax”.

In another encounter, after dining at a restaurant, the expat said she asked her husband if he had any cash on him so they could leave a tip.

“He told me that you don’t leave tips in Australia. I asked how the waiters survive? He said minimum wage is about $20,” she said.

The US teacher was confused by some Aussie school rules.Source:TikTok TikTok

“I acted like that’s not the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard.”

But perhaps one of the biggest things that has baffled the young American about living in Australia is our use of chicken salt.

When ordering fries, Ms Wuerfel said she was left scratching her head when the waitress asked whether she wanted chicken salt, one of Australia’s classic additives that’s commonly used for seasoning hot chips.

But she confirmed now she’ll say “yes” to chicken salt every time it’s offered to her after tasting the delicious condiment.

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