Hi All, after a whole day of travelling, we have arrived China safe and sound! On our way to the hotel now, looking forward to the city views!
So we are down to one last sleep before we travel. Everyone has been busily packing and checking they have everything for the trip. We leave from the QEO at 6am after arriving at 5:40am so we can pack our bags and say our goodbyes, or see you laters.
We wish everyone a safe and happy trip to China. Keep checking the blogs to see where we have been each day.
Our second information night is on May 5th at Specimen Hill Primary School at 7pm for families and 5:45 for traveling teachers.
Our first predeparture day is Wed May 4th at Golden Square Primary 9:15am start and a 1 pm finish, Students need snacks, drink and their lunch.
Our 2016 ambassadors to China are getting very excited. They have been fund raising and getting organised for their trip. T-shirt orders are next and our family information night is tonight March 17th at Specimen Hill Primary School.
Applications for the 2016 overseas learning experience are now welcome and due in to each school by Friday 16th October.
Click here for application information.
Today we attended our second preparation day for our journey to China next week. We participated in three activities giving us more information for our overseas learning experience.
The first was a travel session where we talked about catching trains and using travel cards etc. The next activity was all about our baggage and hotel laundry. Packing our bags is very important so we can fit everything in and have room to bring home gifts. The last activity was with Juncai and we learned all about the money and bartering at the markets.
A highlight of the day was having our photo taken with the Past Mayor Rod Fyffe.
Our pre OSLE session was attended by an excited group of students and teachers yesterday at Golden Square. The count down is nearing our departure date with less than 20 days to go.
We are lucky enough to have Bendigo Violet Street Primary School join us on Thursday afternoons. In that time they have written speeches to say farewell to their host schools or made presentations with voice overs and pictures of their stay. We have also looked at the school blogs and answered many questions from school friends in Australia.
Their English has really improved as they have been immersed in the language. We are really proud of our Chinese students and will be very sad to see them go.
Thanks Summer, Linda, Thomas, Zeke, Cherry and Colora, I have very much enjoyed being your English teacher.
From Ms Fitz