Its been more than 12 months but I am off over seas again, this time with 13 students, 1 other teacher and 3 parents from my school in tow. We are a delegation from my high school who will be visiting our sister school in Co Clare, Ireland. We live in Clare, South Australia, a town that was settled by Irish settlers from Co Clare, hence the link. Our sister school is St Joseph’s Secondary School in Spanish Point.
We leave on Monday, flying via Sydney, Singapore and London to Dublin. We plan to spend 3 days in Dublin seeing various sites, before taking a bus to Kilkenny and Cork. From there we head up the west coast to Spanish Point which is a tiny location just out of Miltown Malbay. We will spend just over a week here, staying with host families from the school and seeing local places of interest including Ennis, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Galway and Connemara National Park.
From there we return to London for two days, touring Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and either Lords Cricket Ground or Kensington Palace.
We are all looking forward to the trip, although at the moment it doesn’t feel like it. Mandy, the other teacher, and I are exhausted and are desperately trying to finish Year 12 reports, write relief lessons for 5 days and manage everything else that needs doing. Thank goodness for the long haul flight where we can relax in a (relatively) comfy seat, watch movies on demand and have food brought to us… bliss!
I will be trying to update this every couple of days during our tour to keep friends and students’ families updated.