The Kidlets go to Sydney.

It's been a while since I mentioned the kidlets on the blog. School is back, we're in Term 4 and we're counting down the days until Christmas.. or is that just me?

We're doing a unit of work on Transport this term, so an excursion into the city was planned. (I even wore my "I'm a Noun!" t-shirt for the special occasion.) The weather couldn't have been more gorgeous. It was another stinking hot day, but a good one. For those who aren't aware, the school I teach at is around an hour or so from the city of Sydney, so a lot of kidlets had never been there before.

After a relatively calm bus ride into Sydney, our first stop was walking across the Harbour Bridge. We strapped the kids into their harnesses, had them leave their bags behind, and soon they were ready to begin the bridge climb.**

Sunny Bridge



When they were done, we had lunch on the grass under the bridge, walked around the boardwalk near Luna Park for a while, and lined up to catch a ferry around Sydney Harbour. It was much cooler by the water, and it's true what they say: Sydney really is the most beautiful city.

bridge



The kidlets had a ball on the ferry ride, and when we got off they were already exhausted. We trekked up to the Monorail station, did the loop around the city, and headed for the park in Darling Harbour. The kidlets had their lunch, I had my frozen coke slushie from McDonalds (bliss!) and they got to play on the equipment.

Back on the bus we got, hot and sweaty, but all in fairly good spirits. Apart from one little girl whose nose started bleeding like a tap on the way home, it was a fairly uneventful excursion; and as any teacher would say, those are the best kind!

As for me, I'm certainly going to miss Sydney when I'm away. I don't get in there much, but always appreciate it when I'm there. It's a heck of a lot different to the London skyline, that's for sure.

(Two months and three days to go, in case you were wondering.)

**Did I have you going for a minute there? We did the flat pedestrian walk across the bridge, not the bridge climb! And here's a certain crazy teacher posing on the Harbour Bridge in front of the Opera House, just because she could.

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19 comments:

kirby said...

Whenever I went on excursions at school, it was always the kid I was sitting next to, behind or in front of that got sick. There was always one...

LaLa said...

Bah. YOU WERE NEXT TO MY OFFFFFICE and I was sweating my socks off at North Ryde. I may have even driven past you on the bridge!

Spewing.

Amanda said...

I was about to say - since when do schools take kids on the bridge climb!! :-)

Though I've done the bridge climb and it is pretty great. Working in North Sydney means I get to see all those pretty Sydney icons every single day - it is truly the prettiest city going around - agreed.

Thanks for sharing your pics!

enny said...

I didn't think you'd be able to take 20-something kids bridge climbing!!

Lia said...

That's a really nice bridge. Maybe one day I'll make it to Sydney, but it's somewhat more than an hour away for me.

RA said...

Oh, man! I really hoped they climbed the bridge! I did that once in college (though not in Sydney; in Delaware) and it was awesome.

janet said...

have I ever mentioned my jealously that you live in Sydney!??! i can't believe you want to leave (except for other obvious reasons, I know)

Ree said...

How lovely those pics. Especially the teacher ;-)

Nathan Pralle said...

Ah, Sydney, how I adore thy airport, as that's all I've seen, despite having been there four times. :P~ I really should take a tour at some point, I suppose. Bah.

Laurel said...

What a great field trip! I hope I get to visit you in Sydney someday soon... or in London, though I've been there before!

Julie said...

How CUTE!
I remember all my big excursions to the country... since we were in the city.

Fun fun.

Lisa said...

You're so cute. I miss my kids and our field trips.

nancypearlwannabe said...

I WANT TO GO TO SYDNEY! :(

Noelle said...

You did have me going, thinking the kids were bridge climbing. I just chalked it up to the free and easygoing Australian way. I would have loved to have seen all of those 20 kiddies get breathalized before the climb to make sure they weren't drunk!

Michelle said...

i've wanted to go to sydney ever since finding nemo came out ;)

cady said...

and i thought you were the coolest teacher ever for letting your kids climb that bridge. :) haha...sounds like a fun trip! field trips were always the best.

Brie said...

How fun! Your kidlets are so lucky to have you for a teacher!

Operation Pink Herring said...

I recognize the Opera House from Finding Nemo. Is that bad?

Jennie said...

I must buy that "I'm a Noun" shirt. Oh, lovely.





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