THE 56 students who returned to one of Victoria's most isolated schools in the Mallee last week had a problem to contend with - a Scottish accent.
During the summer, one of their more popular teachers had swapped jobs, houses and even cars with a colleague on the other side of the world.
Gillian Wilson flew from Ayr in Scotland to take over classes at Werrimull P-12 School.
As part of an international teacher exchange program, Gillian chose to learn more about education in Victoria.
"I had some family in Melbourne, I'd been out there before, so I thought I'd learn more about the Victorian education system," the 28-year-old said.
"I never expected to be so far out in the country."
She was partnered in the program with Werrimull leading teacher Kelly Morrison, who has just lobbed in Ayr at a school of 1400 students in the middle of a bitter winter.
Ayr is on the west coast of Scotland near Glasgow.
Gillian left Ayr "on a pretty good day" of 4C to eventually arrive in Mildura where it was 40C-plus.
But hot weather is not a problem for this Scottish lass, she "loves it".
The biggest problem she has to contend with is to teach the range of ages she needs to at Werrimull. "We have prep right up to Year 12 here."
Gillian is surprised also with the number of teachers at the school.
"For the amount of students we have here, you would probably have three teachers back home but there's 10 here," she said. "I suppose Scotland must be more stingy than Victoria."