Hi all, thanks for coming back to read the second part of my Aussie experience. I hope I didn’t put you off by describing the flights to get down under, but this next part should be much more interesting.
After landing at 5:15am and clearing customs, the first group of 12 British new Lattitude gappies are met at the arrivals lounge by a representative of the charity, who takes us to our orientation accommodation – the Space Hotel, Melbourne. This is a high class hostel where we will all be staying and we are finally able to meet Sarah, our Lattitude supervisor in Australia. After being given the keys to our rooms (4 or 6 people per room) we have the opportunity to freshen up, something we were all desperate to do because, well, I’ll leave you to imagine what happens after 30 hours with no access to washing facilities.
Hi all, I just want to say “g’day” from what I hope is the first of many updates from my 5 month visit to Australia. The point of this blog is just to keep you up to date with my experiences down under and show you what life is like in this wonderful place.
I guess the first place to start is with the two flights – if you’ve ever done a long haul flight then you’ll know that these can be tiring, but you will also know there are plenty of ways to pass the time. If you’re like me, and have never completed a flight longer than a couple of hours, then you will find there are plenty of ways to keep entertained. Flying with Etihad from Manchester airport the first leg of the journey took us to Abu Dhabi, a flight of six and a half hours - this might not sound bad compared to the second leg, but for someone who doesn’t fly long flights, this came as a shock.
This term, we welcomed CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) into the school where students were given the opportunity to explore careers, tasks and skills involved in an array of careers in the construction industry. This involved building scaled bridges working in teams, simulation and virtual reality equipment, a tetrahedron task and the opportunity to discuss and to be shown how to get experience to apply for apprenticeships.
It was a fantastic opportunity for the students, with lots of helpful insights into the industry and practical experience at different elements of construction. Thanks to all the companies and organisations that came in.
The recent 'end of term' letter has recently been issued - you can view Mr Ellery's letter here. Thank you for this last academic year!