Once-in-a-life­time trip

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

“Wouldn’t it be a great idea to take students to Eng­land to ex­pe­ri­ence English lit­er­a­ture.”

What be­gan as pon­der­ing out loud by Tawa col­lege English teacher Camilla Bourne last year be­came an epic three-week im­mer­sion in Euro­pean cul­ture and arts last month.

In the first cul­tural trip of its kind by the col­lege, a group of 29 students and three teach­ers trav­elled to Eng­land, Scot­land, Bel­gium and France, fill­ing their minds and cam­era mem­ory sticks with en­rich­ing, un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ences, Ms Bourne says.

There were the­atre evenings at Lon­don’s Globe, Strat­ford-upon-Avon, and The The­atre Royal at Bath, while sites such as Buckingham Place, The Lon­don Eye, Tower of Lon­don, Wind­sor Cas­tle and St Paul’s Cathe­dral saw time in Lon­don well oc­cu­pied.

‘‘We were the first New Zealand school group through Warner Broth­ers’ Wat­ford Stu­dio [where the Harry Pot­ter movies were filmed],’’ said Ms Bourne, ‘‘which was a fas­ci­nat­ing tour and one of the students’ favourite sites.’’

The group toured the Lakes Dis­trict, home to the Ro­man­tic po­ets, trav­elled to Haworth to pay homage to the Brontes, and took a morn­ing at the new Mu­seum of TV and Me­dia in Brad­ford.

‘‘We went to Bruges and Ghent in Bel­gium where the students be­came duly sen­si­tive to the re­al­ity of the war as they lis­tened in­tently to our guides take them through the works of the war po­ets. Here Tawa Col­lege laid a wreath to hon­our our fallen.’’

On the re­turn trip from Paris, Ms Bourne said the group were wiser and ‘‘richer in spirit’’, hav­ing de­vel­oped skills they never thought pos­si­ble.

‘‘As teach­ers we saw the best in ev­ery stu­dent dur­ing this trip, which is food for the teacher soul.’’

The tour cost students $6250 each. Ms Bourne says they were given tar­gets of fundrais­ing one-third, earn­ing one-third, and seek­ing one-third con­tri­bu­tion from par­ents.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously what fam­i­lies chose to do was up to them but most students con­trib­uted the two-thirds we set them as a tar­get.

‘‘This was to en­cour­age a sense of the value of money, the re­al­ity of work­ing and bal­anc­ing school work, and the fundrais­ing to build a team, ready to travel 24,000 miles.’’

Fundrais­ing ef­forts in­cluded a quiz night that at­tracted more than 100 par­tic­i­pants, an in­ter­na­tional food mar­ket, sausage siz­zles, raf­fles, choco­late sales and an Easter hot-cross-bun drive.

Ms Bourne says any schools or groups think­ing of such a trip, are wel­come to contact them for ideas and tips.

In Bruges: Tawa Col­lege’s cul­ture col­lec­tors strike a pose out­side St John’s Hospi­tal.

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