Reading between the School’s lines….
Urgent email from School
Dear Parents, due to heavy traffic our visit to the London school has been delayed so, in order that the children benefit as much as possible from the experience, we will be leaving slightly later so please collect your children at xxx
The reality as observed by parent helper on trip….
Dear parents, the bus driver thought he could squeeze a double decker bus through the Blackwall tunnel, so after a detour around the 02 car park and a nearby recycling facility, we finally got on the right road. As it was close to lunch-time we had our lunch on the bus, rather than in the school hall with our partner school pupils and finally arrived at the school feidup and busting for the loo after a 3 and a half hour bus ride. We just about had time to play a quick ice-breaker game with the children, followed by a walk down a London street before saying our goodbyes and boarding the bus once again for our 2 hour ride home.
Time spent visiting partner school – 1 hour 45 minutes
Time spent on the bus – 5 hours 30 minutes
So after my initial excitement yesterday at the opportunity to visit a Temple and spend a lot of time with the children experiencing an inner city education. I found myself cursing the bus driver and his over reliance on the sat nav and getting even more annoyed by a parent helper whose only reason for attending was to ‘look out for her boys as she couldn’t understand why the school was visiting such a dodgy area’. I enjoyed watching her reaction when I told her my sister-in-law lived a mile down the road.
But I did enjoy seeing all our school kids swapping notes and chatting happily with their new found city friends.
Next time I will suggest to the Headmaster we take the train…..
This blog is for UNICEF.
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