Alford students get a taste of life '˜down under'

Eight Year 12 students at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar in Alford have just returned from a unique nine-day study tour to Sydney.

QEGS Alford students in Australia.

Students visited two schools, where they gave presentations and observed lessons, sharing learning practices and developing further international links.

At Meriden Girls’ School, they met up with former student, Chloe Sims, who is currently taking part in the exchange assistant programme.

Students each led a day which involved them sorting out payment for meals, and navigating the group through the city. They also completed a project which enhances 
their A-Level studies.

Activities ranged from the seeing ‘The Barber of Seville’ at the Sydney Opera House, visiting Taronga Zoo, climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge at night, walking through the iconic Blue Mountains, and a surfing lesson at Manly beach.

Students also visited the Rocks Discovery Museum and the Hyde Park Barracks, where they learnt more about the lifestyle of the convicts that came over from England.

The students wrote a blog along the way, which can be viewed on the school website and Facebook page.

Head teacher Angie Francis said: “The students were fantastic ambassadors for the school and have grown enormously in terms of confidence and leadership acumen. The trip really is a life-changing experience for them and enhances further our international work”.