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Teaching and the Olympics: A School Field Trip!

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Kathryn is a Canadian teacher, soon to finish her UK teaching career through Protocol Education in London.

The Ultimate Field Trip

On Monday night, I finished my time as a teacher in London in the best possible style – I took a group of children from my school in North London to see Women’s Field Hockey at Riverside Arena at the Olympic Park.

My school was given tickets by the London Borough of Barnet to allow six students and two teachers to attend the event, for free! Now that’s the way to see the Olympics! I was really surprised to be chosen to go, since I was a relatively new addition to staff, and I was returning to Canada at the end of August. But when I expressed an interest in being one of the accompanying staff, they were all for it!

We met the children, all between the ages of 9 and 11, at High Barnet Tube station at 3.30pm. Together we headed to Kings Cross to catch the Javelin train to Stratford and the Olympic Park. The game didn’t start until 7pm, so once we arrived we still had a couple of hours to explore. We took pictures, we identified sport venues, we ate dinner watching track cycling on the big screens, we bought Olympic tattoos, and the time flew by. It was a bit manic trying to keep track of six children in a heaving crowd (constant mental head-counts), but we had a very sensible group and my fellow teacher had had the infinite good sense to bring a gigantic Canadian flag on a pole. He was easy to find in a crowd!

The first match was between the Netherlands and Team GB! Now that’s what you want to see – Team GB playing for their home crowd! The children screamed and shouted and sang and waved their flags. Did we care about field hockey? Well, not deeply. The Duchess of Cambridge wasn’t there, and Team GB didn’t win. But we had an amazing time. We were back by 12.30am, still awake and still smiling.

I tell you, you don’t get opportunities like this when you stay home!

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