Students have encountered unique regions of the world ranging across Asia and Europe.
St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar offers students an array of opportunities to explore the world. The School ardently encourages students to take part in international tours that are conducted annually, serving the interests of students both academically and personally.
Tours are designed as a tool for cultural and educational enrichment.
International and domestic tours are often encompassed as an element of the school curriculum and are thus referred to as study tours. The School is committed to providing all students with a varied and practical educational experience, and students are therefore encouraged to participate in tours that serve their curricular interests, whether musical, academic, or language-based.
Study Tours expand student horizons and provide valuable insights to their world view.
Students who travel to China gain valuable insight into the geographical and historical significance of the country while embracing its broad cultural diversity. Alternatively, students can travel to France to study the French language, absorb the wonderful culture, and explore historical links. Tours as such also provide students with the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture through a homestay program.
Our school has a strong social justice program that is complimented by a unique overseas service and learning trip through Northern Thailand and Laos. This program provides outstanding opportunities for students and staff to engage in a contemporary program that balances personal challenge, adventure, and service.
"It was such an unforgettable experience that we will never forget and have made so many new friends and memories. We also greatly appreciated the teachers for sharing the experience with us."
by Christine Meyer and Sophie Tivendale
In the midst of the excitement leading up to the China tour, we hadn’t expected to experience such an amazing two weeks of new culture, new food and new places. We landed in Beijing and spent our first four days exploring the amazing city via bus, foot, boat and even rickshaw. The highlights of Beijing were definitely the Summer Palace, Lama Temple, seeing the iconic pandas at the zoo and 798 Art District. Our love for shopping was fulfilled with the Silk Market as we became confident in our bargaining skills. Travelling to the Great Wall was an unimaginable and incredible experience that will stay with us forever. Venturing up to the Great Wall via cable car and tobogganing down not only provided astonishing views, but was a unique way of seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
We boarded a plane to Xian, arriving there at night where we saw the beautiful city at night. The next day we had a relaxing morning before an adventurous day at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the Great Mosque and the City Wall. The weather was not the warmest, which prohibited us from one activity, however, we made the most of what we was offered and still had an incredible time. That night, we were privileged to enjoy a dumpling cooking lesson, followed by the Tang Dynasty Dancing and Singing Performance. It was great to see more of the Chinese Culture through this performance.
Nervous but excited for our few days spent in a Chinese family’s home, we went to Hangzhou and spent an afternoon at Xuejun High School, then went home with our Chinese host family. It was a positive and eye opening opportunity to live in a different home and spend time at a completely different school. This has definitely improved our knowledge and perception of Chinese culture. We really valued learning how people live in China in comparison to back home in Australia. Whilst staying with our host families, the majority of us spent time at the West Lake in Hangzhou as well as some fun activities including karaoke, getting our nails done, shopping, high ropes courses and big group dinners. It was sad saying good bye to our Chinese friends and their families, but look forward to seeing them when they visit us in Melbourne.
On our travels to Shanghai, we visited the Wuzhen Water Village for a tour and view a traditional Chinese shadow puppet show. Once we arrived in Shanghai, we checked in at our hotel and went to an implausible Acrobatics Show which left us in awe and was nothing like we had ever seen before. While in Shanghai, we had a lunch with a view in the Pearl TV Tower’s rotating restaurant. It was nice to have a buffet with a mix of Western and Asian food, as many of us needed a break from the constant supply of rice. We explored Shanghai at night on a boat which was so beautiful and a lovely way to end the China Trip.
It was such an unforgettable experience that we will never forget and have made so many new friends and memories. We also greatly appreciated the teachers for sharing the experience with us.
by Sophie Ward and Olivia Butler
After embarking on our journey through Paris visiting many incredible Parisian monuments, we headed south on a high-speed train to the beautiful town of Lyon. Our stay in Lyon was highlighted by the fact that we were living with host families; a fantastic way to immerse ourselves in the language and experience first-hand the traditions of a typical French family. Our days in Lyon were quite adventurous as we explored the sights and of course, had an opportunity to do some fantastic shopping as we wandered along the beautiful streets.
After leaving Lyon we drove through the Loire Valley and visited the stunning Chateau de Chenonceau and explored its beautiful grounds. We got a taste of French culinary delights at a goat’s cheese farm and visited the racing museum at Le Mans. The medieval town itself was a beautiful place to spend a sunny afternoon. Mont St Michel was another highlight as was the opportunity to see the Bayeux Tapestry.
One of the most moving aspects of our tour was the opportunity to reflect on the significant sacrifices that Australians made during the ferocious battles of the First World War. We visited memorials in Ypres, Belgium
and The Somme battlefields where we paid respect at the graves of fallen ancestors.
Visiting the Grand Apartments in Versailles and spending a day at Disneyland Paris was certainly a nice way to round off our amazing tour. We had a fantastic time and were pleasantly overwhelmed by all of the experiences and memories we shared.
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