Welcome to our International Tours blog series!
In these blog posts, we invite you to travel along with our school groups as they explore Vietnam, Japan, the UK and the USA.
The first stop is Hanoi, Vietnam where 11 students from the Middle School have travelled with teachers, Claire Moriarty and Joanne Ball, to compete in the Global Round of the World Scholar’s Cup. This event compromises five days of competition with over 3000 students from more than 50 countries.
Monday 26 June
As day 3 of our tour and the first day of the World Scholar’s Cup contest draws to a close, the students are starting to find their feet in this new country and reflect on their time so far. The morning’s events included the opening ceremony and keynote speaker, author, Lawrence Watt-Evans. Thirty-six countries are represented at the Hanoi Global Round from 5 different continents.
The afternoon’s Scholar’s Scavenge social presented students with the opportunity to interact with students from a range of different cultures as they strove to complete a series of tasks in teams with other students from around the world.
Our student’s comments on events so far are:
“I enjoyed the challenges and I made a new friend.” – Meg Duthie
“There are so many similarities, even though we come from different cultures. I met someone who has the same personality as me.” – Sehnil Nawar
“Their English was so good. I was the only one in my team who didn’t speak at least two languages.” – Flynn Brouwer
“I got proposed to, so I think I’m married now!” (as one of the challenges) – Dylan Jones
Finally, our official correspondent, Charlie Goldsworthy, leaves us with his thoughts on our first day of travel:
Saturday 24 June
We all began our day at the rather early time of 6am. The hour-long bus trip to the airport was accompanied by some rather loud singing. Upon arrival at the airport and after clearing security, we had a short period of time to relax before our flight. The 8-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City was filled with lots of tossing and turning in seats, movies and some much needed rest. As we stepped out of the plane in Ho Chi Minh City, we were greeted with 30-degree heat – very different to the current weather in Ballarat. After some minor delays, we headed off on our second flight to Hanoi. From the airport it was a short bus trip to the hotel. Finally, we all went to bed; we had earned our well-deserved sleep. We are all looking forward to the opening ceremony of the World Scholar’s Cup on Monday.