Early on Tuesday morning (and I mean earlier than most of you are out of bed!), the Year 9 students gathered outside the arrivals gate of Saigon airport, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the staff so that the trip could start. However, the staff had gathered outside the departures gate and this was the first (of only a few!) problems that we faced. Once we grouped together the trip began in earnest. Despite our flight being delayed by two hours, the students remained in good spirit and the excitement continued to build. Eventually the plane took off and the short flight was over very quickly. We were met by the representatives of Phat Tire Ventures who led us directly to the beach resort where we set up camp for the first night. Tents were in some cases quickly set up whilst other students struggled to understand the basics of erecting a tent – I would not rely on the year 9 students to help out in a survival scenario! Once all were set up though the students split into groups for some team-building activities, the most enjoyable of which was the water balloon volleyball! Then after dinner there was a bonfire on the beach before the students headed to bed to get some well-earned rest.
The next day, the students were taken out of their comfort zone and asked to walk backwards down a cliff. Despite the majority of students having abseiled before it was interesting to note down the shaky legs and fearful eyes of many of them as they descended the wall!
As some abseiled the other students were taken on a guided tour of Marble Mountain giving fascinating information on the caves and the temples it hides amongst the rocks and the trees.
Day three included a wonderfully interesting visit to mat-making village where the students got to take part in all the various aspects of making the beautiful mats. Once this was over it was a short boat ride down to Hoi An old town where the students took part in what was the favourite activity – the Scavenger Hunt. BVIS students used all of their wisdom, charm and ingenuity to collect, photograph and eat all that was required and although Miss Hawxwell’s team ended up winning (fix) good fun was had by all.
Later that evening we had a celebration of our trip with a barbecue (wonderful food!) and some great fun watching the ‘Trouble Boys’ (the new BVIS boy band) sing some terrible karaoke!
Unfortunately, that was the last of our trip as the next morning we got back on the buses which took us to Da Nang for lunch and then on to the airport to arrive safely home.
I would like to thank all of the staff who helped organise and chaperone the trips but mostly I would like to thank all of the year 9 students who, despite causing me to lose a few more of my precious head hairs, made the trip fantastically enjoyable.
See you next year.