A group of sixth formers, from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar Alford accompanied by Headteacher, Angie Francis and Rob Stanley went on a unique study tour to Sydney.
Over the nine days they had an amazing variety of experiences. They visited two schools where they gave presentations and observed lessons, sharing learning practices and developing further international links.
Students each led a day which involved them sorting out payment for meals, navigating the group through the city using a variety of transport – buses, trams, ferries, trains and ensuring the day ran smoothly. They also completed a project which enhances their A level studies.
Activities ranged from the seeing ‘The Magic Flute’ at the Sydney Opera House, visiting Taronga Zoo, climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge, trekking through the Blue Mountains and the must for every trip to Australia, a surfing lesson at Manly beach.
To gain a perspective of the history of Australia the students visited the Rocks Discovery Museum and the Hyde Park Barracks where they were treated to an inspirational talk on the lifestyle of the convicts that came over from England.
So that family and friends could keep in touch with the visit the students wrote a blog which can be viewed on the school website. During the visit they also did audio interviews and vox pops to capture a flavour of their time in Australia and these are due to be aired shortly on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.
“It was wonderful to see how the students developed over their time away, growing in self-confidence and independence. They were great ambassadors for the school and a pleasure to spend time with.” commented Angie Francis.