Well, I'm in college, and college breaks are a bit off from everyone else's(our summer breaks start a month earlier and end a week or so earlier than middle/high school breaks, for instant). In general, our breaks are longer but we have fewer of them.
I've never heard of major exams in JANUARY, though, no matter what grade someone's in! Or do you guys do exams AFTER break(I know that some places used to do this, but you think everyone would have wised up to the whole "nobody studies over long breaks" thing by now)?
I don't know yet. I had Silver before, but it depends on what pokemon are available in the games. I've not really checked to see. I loved Ariados' design, so I missed out on having one back in the day (omg I feel old now) so I may have to go with whichever version has it in, which I assume is Heart Gold.