Tuesday 18th July 2006 by C. Freeman
Wish you were here?
Judging by the amount of hits the residential pics on the website have been getting everyone had a great time on their trips away. Here's what the travellers all got up to:
information supplied by Mr Willimot
With soaring temperatures and World Cup Fever in the air, Paris was the place to be this July. A total of 90 students and eight staff had a whistle stop tour of the best sites; the Eiffel Tower, picturesque Montmartre and bateaux mouches on the Seine. Versailles was hotter than Cairo as the temperature hit 37 degrees. Some students rented bikes to explore while others kept cool by taking to the water in rowing boats.
The food, as you would expect, was fabulous, and highlights of the trip were a visit to Eurodisney and a guided tour of the Stade de France stadium. The football theme continued as France won the semi-final of the World Cup so all of Paris exploded into a riot of beeping car horns until the early hours and the Brooke Weston contingent joined in the Gallic celebrations with generous daubings of face paint!
[em]information supplied by Miss Knox[/em]
The students arrived on Monday and spent the afternoon exploring the local area. On Tuesday they visited Barcelona centre, starting at the Olympic village with a walk down through Mont Juic park; and had several hours in the centre of Barcelona before a trip to Gaudi's park Guell. On Wednesday they spent the day at Port Aventura. Thursday morning was a visit to Nou Camp followed by the afternoon at La Bassa which is Europe's largest outdoor pool. On Friday those bound for Heathrow set off after breakfast, while the Gatwick group had to wait for a later flight and spent some time at the aquarium.
information supplied by Yvonne Tervit
Often you come back from holiday with a little keepsake of your time abroad but teacher, Paul Mitchell returned with more than he bargained for – a metal plate in his wrist. He endured a fracture and several days in hospital after colliding with a student who had just fallen off during an advanced mountain biking session.
Mr Mitchel post-op
Unfortunately this accident occurred during the very first activity of the week and so it was left to the other 86 students and eight staff to continue the adventurous sports. These included ice skating, hiking, exploring a treetop adventure park and watersports such as rafting, hydrosurfing and hotdogging (which involves going downriver on an individual inflatable float) The food and sports were deemed brilliant and everyone (possibly with one exception) enjoyed themselves.
information supplied by Gerald Witt
An early Monday-morning coach took 43 students and their four teachers off on the first stage of the journey to Greece. Heathrow rose to the occasion and check-in was completed with time to spare. A smooth and comfortable flight brought them to Athens, just after the evening rush hour on a pleasantly warm evening.
Tuesday was spent looking around Athens itself – the great sights that we know so well from pictures – the Parthenon, the Presidential Palace with its colourful guards on sentry-duty, the Olympic Stadium. The weather was kind and they had enough energy left for some ten-pin bowling that evening. Wednesday took the party by hydrofoil to the lovely island Ægina for a morning on the beach and an afternoon exploring the port town. The evening was spent watching the spectacular sunset at Cape Souniou – one of the most romantic places on earth, as a few local couples were busily proving. Thursday took them further inland with a coach edging its way along precipitous narrow roads as it climbed Mount Parnassus to take them to Delphi, the first World Heritage site and truly a cradle of civilisation. Friday's return journey passed as easily as the outbound trip and they returned with the satisfied sense of a short but full glimpse of Greece.