Nope I lived in rural NZ. My brothers and sisters went to boarding school while l chose to be free ranged(home schooled) because the time it would have taken me to walk to the closest school, it would have been time to start walking home again. I had a horse but it died.I thought primary and secondary education was compulsory up to Year 10? In 2011, NSW's Board of Studies even made it compulsory up to Year 12.
My father was a geophysicist before taking over grandfather and uncles farm,and because of his efforts in teaching me, I obtained university standard levels in Physics Maths Geography which was good enough for me to apply for aircrew training in either the RAAF or AAAvn.
I wanted to apply for the Australian Armed services rather than the NZ one because they had better gear.