Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sydney Excursion.

The Excursion to Sydney was so much fun. Fifty 8 and 9yr olds, three teachers and eight parent helpers, 2 hours on a coach and multiple singing "Happy Birthday" at the top of their lungs to the three children who were celebrating their birthdays today! By the end I was wishing I had packed my earplugs!

We started at 7am at school. It was calm and quiet. We were one of the first there and the air was still and the sounds of the birds and the wind in the gum trees made it feel like we were the only people awake for miles around. Within 15 minutes the cars were pulling up fast and furious and unloading excited kids with rucksacks full of snacks and rain jackets. The noise had started and it wouldn't get any quieter for the next 9 hours!

I nabbed a seat next to my friend Karen. For our sanity we chose to let our kids sit next to their friends for the two hour trip to Darling Harbour. It was the best choice we made all day!

When we arrived the kids literally jumped off the bus in excitement. First stop was the Sydney Wildlife Centre which is affiliated with Lego to the delight of my group of boys "The Baynham 5" 
Every fibreglass statue was a photo opportunity
Green lighting inside the exhibition was a chance to pretend to be zombies
The exhibits brought tiny moments of calm and wonder
followed closely by opportunities to be crazy and silly!
Not helped by the crazy mother who encouraged the kids to lie on the ground for a photo of the ceiling mirror reflection!
Back in the bus again...
Final stop was the top floor of the Sydney Tower where we had a birds eye view of the city
Made even more fun by the giant binoculars!
And finally the hair-raising walk back through the busy city streets to the bus. Trying hard not to lose anyone...
Back to the bus stop. All kids accounted for. 
and finally homeward bound!

BIG glass of red wine required tonight after the kids are in bed!

2 comments - click here to leave your comment:

  1. Wow, what a trip! I do have to say that the moms of the kids in your group are the luckiest because they'll have such COOL pictures to see!

  2. you are so good Gina i haven't even down loaded the picture yet and yes it was a good decision to sit together my ears were ringing when we got home but it was a great day. Karen