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What Goes on Tour Stays on Tour ~edit

Discussion in 'School trips' started by crapteacher1, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. <font size="3">So, just when you think that the planning of school trips can&rsquo;t get any worse; that colleagues can&rsquo;t nail themselves to the altar of self-sacrifice any more ferociously, then certain teachers have recently come up with the genius idea of condensing the foreign residential trip into 24 hours. The theory behind this seems sound: take the kids away at around 2am; get to the ferry around 8 or 9; be sur le continent an hour or so later; a quick tour of the battlefield sits of Ypres and the Flanders Field museum followed by a return journey and an ETA back in the hometown by about 11pm. Shove Happy Gilmore, Meet the Fockers and a couple of other well chosen DVDs on, and Bob&rsquo;s your uncle, Fanny&rsquo;s your aunt, and Jack&rsquo;s your live-in-lover. Gone is the hassle of booking places in hostels with unhelpful foreigners with dodgy English; gone is the hassle of chasing kids up and down the corridors of French youth hostels at 4am without having had a wink of sleep; and gone is the risk of staff supervising fourteen-year-olds playing leap-frog over war graves whilst nursing a hangover like no other. On top of this, the trip is cheap to run from the perspectives of school and parents, for management will insist on it running over a weekend when supply costs will be non-existent.
    Taken from the crapteacher blog: Those Who Can't...
  2. What a wimp! [​IMG]
    We left at 10pm and added a trip round La Coupole, getting home at 6am, 32 sleepless hours later (we must be further from Dover!).
    Add to that, we only had one driver and we had to rendezvous with the relief driver at a service station in Kent. However, because of delays, the original driver was in danger of exceeding his driving hours and we might have had to stop on the hard-shoulder of the M2, in the days before mobile phones were common.
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    Tsk Wimpo-deluxe indeed.
    I take fifty 13 year old to the Ard&egrave;che every Summer for ten days of sun, river and vin rouge.
    The journey is a mind-blowing 21 hours of "are we nearly there yets?"
    There <u>and</u> back again.

  4. thequillguy

    thequillguy New commenter

    Fantastic blog, very much "Teaching Battlefield."
  5. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    The absolute truth. Taking trips equates a reason to test the sanity of any teacher these days.

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