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School Trip Season

Lynne is a Secondary Teacher with QTS who is currently working in schools through Protocol Education in Bristol. School trip season means lots of work for supply teachers but Lynne admits she doesn't envy the teachers she covers for!

It's school trip season again - camps, field trips, visits to France and Germany - a profitable time for us supply teachers. Today, as I took a French lesson and watched the rain teeming down outside I was not envious of the teacher I was covering in the knowledge that she had departed for Boulogne at 7a.m. with a coach full of Year 8s.

I saw a 'stress-free guide to school trips' in the TES recently. No way. Stress-free school trip is an oxymoron. Sometimes there are aspects of being a 'proper' modern languages teacher that I miss but sitting up all night on a cross-Channel ferry is not one of them; the words 'risk assessment' still bring me out in a cold sweat.

In my time I accompanied groups of pupils to Geneva and The Hague and Cologne as well as innumerable trips to Brittany. Mostly the pupils were lovely and sometimes the sun shone but my phone was always on 24/7 and there was never any real relaxation for the staff. I remember crawling around the floor of the late-night cabaret on a ferry trying not to obstruct the lorry drivers' view of the scantily clad dancers whilst searching for a missing boy. He was eventually discovered slumped in a cubicle in the toilets having consumed more than half a bottle of vodka.

As well as a modern languages teacher before I retired I was also a Year 9 tutor for many years and went to their annual camp in Devon. Emerging minus mascara from my tent in my tracksuit bottoms and swearshirt I still recall the smell of the heavenly eggie bread the Head of Science used to make. (the 'bolognese' sauce he concocted with the left-overs at the end of the week doesn't bring back quite such sweet memories).

I must admit that camping in rain or shine did create a real bond with students and stories were recalled long after we got back to school. In fact I still wear a t-shirt to bed which reads 'Madame Va Va Voom Year 9 Camp 2006.'


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