On Sunday evening, 17th June forty students assembled outside Marnix College in anticipation of their excursion to England. Excited about the prospect of a week free of lessons and with bags filled to the brim with the o-so-necessary sugar supply, iPad, iPhone and charging cables, they set off for Dover in the middle of the night.
In London the next morning, looking a little peely-wally through lack of sleep, the students made their way to the Science Museum. This wonderful exhibition of science through the ages is well worth losing your sleep over! From the invention of steam engines to the meteoric rise of the computer and the smartphone, there is something of interest for everybody.
Meeting the guest families was our next stop. This year we had the pleasure of staying in Herne Bay on the Kent coast. Once a thriving seaside resort, now the community is hard at work restoring the place to its former glory. Our guest families were kind, helpful and genuinely interested in our students. The staff, on the other hand, enjoyed typically English B&B hospitality which everyone should try at least once in their lives!!
For pictures of Monday click here.
On Tuesday Rochester was on the programme. A varied and well-organised trip to the Creative Arts university as well as a tour around old Rochester Castle once a temporary home to Charles Dickens. The university made us feel very welcome offering us a full guided tour of their facilities with a hands-on workshop to boot. The group divided over two workshops: one - a workshop in photography – the other trying your hand at dye sublimation. We all had something to show for our efforts which made the visit all the more special. However, the Rochester Castle visit gave us something else to experience: we got caught in a storm – wind, rain, hailstones! This didn’t dampen our spirits, however, for the shopping spree at the end of the day!
For pictures of Tuesday click here.
Wednesday saw us heading back up to London for our Shakespeare workshop and some more shopping. The workshops at the Globe Theatre were tailored to the play we had studied earlier in the year: The Tempest. Everyone joined in with great enthusiasm and, yes, even our own Rob Arts put down his camera to play his part as Miranda!
One small group of students had requested a visit to the London Eye and because an adult must accompany under-aged teenagers, I was asked to go. It was a great trip made all the more special because we had a pod to ourselves.
Tired but satisfied we returned late to Herne Bay where our guest families were waiting for us.
For pictures of Wednesday click here.
Cambridge was fantastic, as always. We were lucky with the weather which made it all the more enjoyable to carry out our tasks for the day: a tour of the town with a visit to St. John’s college, a treasure hunt, punting on the Cam and, of course, the shopping spree at the end of the day.
For pictures of Thursday click here.
Alas, all good things must come to an end! Saying our farewells to our guest families and trundling our luggage to the bus, we settled into the bus for a last visit to Canterbury. Here the students could relax, enjoy the town and shop till they dropped until it was time to make our way to Folkestone.
As is customary, a musician stood busking in the centre of Canterbury, close to the cathedral. It’s a great catchment area as many school parties use it as their meeting point and the shops are close by. Two of our students, fed up with waiting for the rest of the group and feeling daring, asked the musician if they could borrow his guitar. They subsequently launched into a duet which they had sung at the Open Podium back in April. It was a hit! The crowds loved it and coins flew into the makeshift money bag on the ground earning the musician at least half a day’s earnings in the meantime!
And on that note we headed back to the Netherlands. In keeping with the Marnix College excursion tradition, we stopped off at the MacDonald’s to acclimatise before heading back to Ede.
We can be proud of our pupils: T3 were a fantastic crowd and showed true team spirit!
For pictures of Friday click here.
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