Overseas Learning Experience Travel Group

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Uniform News
Team China Polo Tops have arrived!
Our bright blue polo tops have arrived and they look terrific!
Every traveller has 2 Team China polo tops.
Team China Bendigo printed across the back of each shirt will showcase our group name and our wonderful city.
Our hats are ready too!
We are planning a group photo in our uniforms when we meet for our Day 2 Student program.

Answers to many of the questions posed so far

Here are some of the answers to many of the questions posed so far:

Using a pre- loaded VISA Card
Shopping with cash will work best as many paces we will shop at will only take cash.
Staff will assist students in the management of their money.
Daily money allowances will be calculated and students will be asked to sign for this from their teacher.
Some days students may need more and other days less, depending on the program for the day.

Wet Weather and Raincoats will make identity difficult
Polo tops will be a key identifier along with our white hats. In the event of wet weather and the need for a rain jacket we will rely on our hats.

Travel Groups
Students have now all met as a result of the excellent pre departure program on April 2. They all know their travel group. Travel groups will remain the same to ensure maximum safety for all.
Students will have many opportunities to get to know and mix with everyone.

Swimming
There will not be any opportunities for swimming!

Washing
As mentioned at the Parent Session there will be some washing required. One activity to be included in our Day 2 Student Program will be Washing Hints and Tips!
What to wear each day and what to pack will also be covered with every student.

Team China Windcheaters
We have not included these on our uniform list to keep costs for all families to a minimum.

Team China Polos
These are currently being printed with our Team China logo and name on both the back and front!
Currently we have received sponsorship support from both the Eaglehawk and Strathdale Rotary Clubs to assist with uniform costs. The Eaglehawk Basketball Association has also provided funds to go toward uniform expenses.

Pre Departure Student Workshop- April 2
Congratulations to all students on an excellent day. Terrific teamwork was evident throughout the program. 4 workshops have helped to tune our travellers into what lies ahead…
Workshop 1 – Super Shanghai- Landmarks and Met Travel. Students used a map and looked at photos of tourist attractions they will be visiting. Students were shown important landmarks for navigating around Shanghai.
Workshop 2 – Team Building Games. Students were placed in the groups they will spend most of their time in while in China. The emphasis of this was to meet one another and learn each other’s names.
Workshop 3 – Student Survey- pre trip hopes, dreams and concerns. Teachers have taken these surveys back to their schools so they can collect some information on what the students hope to take out of their overseas Learning experience.
Workshop 4 – Team China Song- creating new verses to build on the catchy chorus! These lyrics will now be collated and students will learn the Team China song at the next learning day.

Our Program for Day 2 will include-
Washing Hints and Tips
Safety using Role Plays- What will I do if……?
Chinese money and bargaining plus more….
Learning the team China song

PLEASE CONTINUE TO ASK QUESTIONS AS THEY COME TO YOU

Questions on notice

The questions on notice from the parent information night were as follows:

Possibility of getting a team China windcheater/jumper so all will be the same or visible?
Can kids take prepaid visa cards for money? (ie. from Australia post)
Are the kids in the same group with the same teachers for all of the trip?
Will they know these groups before they leave?
Who will they be rooming with and when will they find out?
Do the hotels have swimming pools and can the children and adults use them (ie. do we pack swimwear)?