Monday, 26 June 2017

Easy as Speaking

French students sacrifice themselves to the Gods of Orienteering
Following on from the initial school links started up again in 2016, a group of French students from La Ciotat again came to Bridgwater, stayed at Model Farm and linked up with Bridgwater College Academy. The French students were provided by Nathalie MacAndrew, the English students by Anna Jackson, the catering by Kath Pearce, the barbecue by Claudia Swain and the programme, the driving, the orienteering, the costumes, the admin and the extra catering by Brian Smedley.

Flight Marseille 11h25 Londres Gatwick 12h15 Landing at  1215 EZY8724 (EasyJet) NORTH
Collected at 1300 by Brian in a minibus. >(own arrangements for packed lunch).   tour of London Driving tour of sights of London.
1530 Museum of London* ( free) 1530-1730        >>1830 hostel 1930 meal   
OVERNIGHT  in London at YHA + evening meal included
YHA THAMESIDE Address: 20 Salter Rd, Rotherhithe, London SE16 5PR 
Mon 17 ap
Breakfast;- time tbc (0815) / depart 0920 (bus will be packed with luggage)
Meet Paul for Harry Potter tour -   1000 Charing Cross rd for Leicester Square:    
12h15 collected  Eastbound near Embankment Gardens> Borough ( Southwark street/Hop Exchange)
Lunch;- sandwiches (handed out at Embankment)
15h30 St Pauls (St Pauls Churchyard) after walking across the millennium bridge ( westbound stop SH) >Kings Cross. Dropped at Pancras road (between Kings Cross & St Pancras international stations) 1730 collected again at Pancras road
1730  Kings Cross to Bridgwater (arrive 3 hours later c 2030)
2100 evening meal - steak = kidney pie/chick pie/+ salad/desert (Kath)
Tues 18 ap
Breakfast 0815-full cooked (Brian)
0850-1220 Lessons at Model Farm
1220 lunch (sandwiches at model farm 1220-1250)(Kath)
1250 depart for school
1310-1445 Afternoon in Bridgwater College Academy  in interactive lessons
Cooking, Sports, Arts, Design and technology, Stylism
Afternoon – Bridgwater Town Centre-art centre costumes visit-return to Model Farm
1730-2000 rest/hot tub and
1830 evening meal/ shepherds pie-salad + desert
1900 Easter Egg Hunt (Sue and Josh Hickling)
2000 evening programme of English films
Wed 19 ap
Breakfast 0815 (Brian)
0850 -1220 Lessons at Model Farm
1220 lunch (sandwiches at model farm 1220-1250) (Kath)
1250 depart for school
1310-1445 Afternoon in Bridgwater College Academy 
1445-1700 Quantocks -dead womans ditch-maps-orienteering (flexible) depart 1700 >1730
1730-1900 rest/hot tub and 1900 barbecue (Claudia)  + British guests-
2000 evening programme of English films
Thur 20 ap
Breakfast 0815 (Brian)
0850-1220 Lessons at Model Farm
1220 lunch (sandwiches at model farm 1220-1250) (Kath)
1250 drive to school
1310-1445 Afternoon in Bridgwater College Academy 
1445-1730 Glastonbury (arrive 1515) - brief stop on Tor/ 
1630 afternoon cream tea at Abbey Tea Rooms-   1730 visit to clarks village Depart 2000
2030 evening meal – chicken kiev- broccoli potatoes (Kath)
2100 evening programme of English films
Fri 21 ap
Breakfast 0815- full breakfast (Brian)
0850-1220 Lessons at Model Farm
1220 lunch (sandwiches 1220-1250) (Kath)
1250 depart for school
1310-1445 Afternoon in Bridgwater College Academy 
1500-1730 watch films in afternoon 1730-1830 rest and hot tub 1845 drive to skittles
1900-2100 skittles/food at Bar 27(Mayor) -returned to model farm at 2130
Sat 22 ap
Breakfast 0800-0900 /full day at Twinning Conference/ 1000 to Angel Place shopping centre/
French stall- French group will be provided with tables to do what they wish with in conjunction with Bridgwater-La Ciotat group (sandwiches at 1230 in Angel Place)
1500 stalls finish-French returned to Model farm
1600-1800 relax at farm + hot tub +
1815 evening meal- gammon/carrots/peas/potatoes (Kath) -quiet time at farm
1900 returned to art centre
1930-2300 Evening event at Art centre including Italian musicians + presentations on stage by different nationalities-French students to have 10 minute presentation on  la ciotat
2300 returned to Model Farm
Sun 23
Breakfast 0730-0800 (Brian)   - Programme > Gatwick via Oxford-
0800>Oxford (arrive 1015)  1015-1215 walk and `1215-1315 picnic in Oxford –
1330>Gatwick by 1530  Arrive at Gatwick by 1540 Londres Gatwick 17h40 Marseille 20h35

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Bridgwater Students Uncover Czech History

Signing the Clash Day proclamation live on (American) air
Bridgwater College has sent numerous groups with us over the years to various locations. One of the most popular is the history/sociology group of Ian Luckhurst. This year they came to Prague and looked at the second world war, the years of communism, modern Czech Republic and even took part in a link up with KEXP Radio Seattle to celebrate International Clash Day.
 and visited an ice hockey game at the Slavia Prague Eden stadium

6 Feb

Honza Muzik tells the story of the Prague
Own arrangements to Bristol airport by 0530  Easyjet (EZY6265) Dep 0730 arr 1030    1100 met by Brian + bus (PRAGOTOURS ) 1100 –1200   BUS TO Hotel Carol  Kurta Konráda 12 Praha 9 Czech Republic Phone +420 284 019 911    1300 tram to centre ;-Familiarisation tour of Prague -Theme;- Historic Prague (Namesti republiky/civic house/powder tower/old town square/jewish quarter/charles bridge/Castle) 1730 return by tram to hotel ;-  1900 evening meal  Restaurace u Brázdů – Švejk (5 minutes from hotel)
7 Feb   
Clash Day in Prague
08.00 0900 BREAKFAST                                
09.00-1200  school visit
1200-1400 free time in centre for lunch                   
1400 to Vrsovice district
1500-1800 CLASH DAY-V Lesu Krymská 12, Praha 10 – Vršovice. This is a rock venue/café which we have booked for these 3 hours. We will be linking live with radio KEXP in Seattle. Theme will be punk rock and it’s influence in USA/UK and Czech republic. Czech musicians will be present and some of us will be interviewed. There will be a discussion involving the students
1700 meal will be at venue
1800 return to hotel   Evening free
8 Feb
Remembering the Children of Lidice
0800-0900   BREAKFAST    
Velvet revolution & Communism themed day
Walking tour of velvet revolution + communism + Lenka Phillipova (Lecturer at Charles uni) > Wenceslas Sq. (Palach's memorial, hotel Jalta, Melantrich), Národní třída, have a look at the Theatre on the Balustrade (where Havel started as a playwriter) than across the river towards the Kampa park and the John Lennon's Wall, memorial to Václav Havel,small museum of surveillance in St. Nicolas belfry
1300-1430 free time for lunch + Optional  Museum of anti-Communism
1500 return to hotel for break 
1700 to Vrsovice   by tram> Eden Arena, a.s.U Slavie 1540/2a 100 00 Prague 10  (Slavia tram stop)
1800 ice hockey game  AT Eden Slavia v Usti nad labem Vladivostocká 1460/10, Praha 10 - Vršovice, 2100  (tram slavia>Prubezna)
2130 meal at Strašnická mincovna - nekuřácká restaurace U Hráze 125/27, Praha 10 Strašnice
Tram / metro back to Ceskomoravska (40 mins)
9 Feb
Bumping into some old friends -Dagmar, Pavla and Neil
0800 BREAKFAST       
0900 >   World war 2 themed day-  0930 site of attentat (Heydrich assassination)
1030 to the Krypt  
1100 Krypt- Národní památník hrdinů heydrichiády:  open 9am-5pm (free entry)
1200-1300 free time
Afternoon ; -National Memorial on the Vítkov hill (built as a memorial to the Czech WWI Resistance, later  Monument of the Victory of the Working Class and briefly a mausoleum of Klement Gottwald). It requires some walking. Great view.
Return to hotel by 1700
1900 tram to Dejvice for Bowling  ( Bílá 6, Praha 6 tel.: 774 900 004
2000 – 2230 Bowling;-We have exclusive use of 3 lanes + Czech guests + pizza for evening meal
2230 return to Ceskomoravska   
10 Feb
Re-enacting the Heydrich assassination on the actual site
0800 BREAKFAST                            
1000  day trip by BUS>>TEREZIN (45mins) 1100-1245
1245-1345 Terezin >Lidice  (1 hour) via Velvary a Kamenny most
1345-1445 and free time on site
1445 Lidice to airport (15 mins) Be at airport by 1500
Prague To Bristol; EASYJET flight 6268 dep. 1700 arr 1815