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    Memorable School Trips.

    Do you have any school trips that had a lasting effect on you?

    My earliest memory is a trip to a commercial bakery with primary school. At the end of the trip we were all given a pack of Jam Tarts to take home. I ate mine on the bus.

    At secondary school, we were taken to see Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). I remember it not so much for the content, but for the fact it was so unusual for working class school kids to be set set loose among the general population.

    A Uni field trip spending a week in a forest school in the southern Czech Republic, studying the re-introduction of the european beaver(castor fiber). Make of that what you will.
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    I think I only went on two school "trips" one to see Hair and the other was a three week? school holiday to the then Soviet Union to practice our Russian. Спаси́бо (cheater there had to look it up)

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    At Junior School we were taken to Belle Vue Zoo, just outside Manchester.

    A few of us 9yo brats were taunting this big male Gorilla that was stood on this concrete island, surrounded by water and strangely, an additional plexi-glass screen around its enclosure in front of our snotty faces.
    The beast picked up a handful of it's own shit, and hard-packed into a ball that it threw flat-trajectory for about 75 yards straight at us and probably would have killed one of us if it hadn't been for the screen (that shook with the impact..).

    "Never annoy faces-flinging apes" is a maxim that has stood me well ever since.

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    We went to the flics to see some soppy kids movie, Storm Boy I think, only the cinema had screwed up and not ordered it.
    The teacher told us she knew how disappointed we all must be, but they had another film, and we became the first Aussie audience to see Star Wars, which wasn't even being advertised at the time.

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    ^ You poor bastards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    We went to the flics to see some soppy kids movie, Storm Boy I think, only the cinema had screwed up and not ordered it.
    The teacher told us she knew how disappointed we all must be, but they had another film, and we became the first Aussie audience to see Star Wars, which wasn't even being advertised at the time.
    I had to read storm boy. Hated it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    I had to read storm boy. Hated it.
    What no teachers tales of school trips involving the sexual awakening of students?

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    Trip to a brewery where we all got pissed in the sampling room

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    School trip to Umtali Sewerage treatment works where we were all invited to drink the end result... Perfectly potable water. Another to the local abattoir. However the best one was a weekend trip to one of the boy's parents farm and sleeping outdoors that night at the Marendellas show grounds. The clear unpolluted African night sky pierced by a shooting star show that I will never forget nor see the equal of.

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    Can think of a few as a kid. Most memorable was the Eden War Camp, think it is outside of Hull or something. Got the whole mock 'trench' and bomb shelter experience. Pretty cool stuff as wee nipper.
    As a teacher there have been a few,too. Fast forward nearly two decades to Dusit Zoo

    8 year old boy: Teacher! Move!
    Me: You know excuse me would be nice...
    8 year old boy: OMG!
    Me: Oh, it's not that bad, just remember next thing.
    8 year old boy: ELEPHANT!
    Me: Well it is a zoo!

    (looks in front)

    Me:Oh...shit! Jump!

    Turns out the kid had reason to worry, a fucking Chang was on the loose with the mahoot running along. Only time I have cussed on the job 555

    Went to some science museum in the arse end of Rangsit which had a gym in a all glass room. Some shirtless fat knacker was getting his sweat on.Nasty.

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    A geography trip to inspect river rock formations, I was 15. Heavy rain two days running and we all set up our bell tents. Few of us got bored so we went exploring on our own and ended up jumping off a rope we found a few trees down from camp. Classmate cracked his head open and had to be airlifted out. That was the best part of the trip.

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    aged 12 we went 500kms east to Katherine. First day was spend at the gorge where I managed to fall from the top of the waterfall and crack my head, knocking myself unconscious on the way down and pulling all sorts of ligaments in an ankle. I would have drowned had hitting the water not brought me back into the land of the living as no one saw it happen!
    Ahhh the days of no supervision - great fun.
    I also remember on that camp the teachers sitting around the fire getting drunk while we were all meant to be sleeping. We kept on mucking up until one teacher had enough and grabbed about 6 boys and put them in the bus and drove them 10kms down the road. He then kicked them out of the bus and drove behind them all the way back to camp. I got let off because of my ankle
    News is what someone, somewhere is trying to suppress - everything else is just advertising.

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    School trip to France.

    We were all warned not to purchase flick or bullet knives, bangers or horror comics.

    We all bought all of them (even though no one had previously heard of horror comics ) and smuggled the booty back to blighty using ingenious methods including hollowed out loaves of bread.

    The crowning glory was when we set one of our mates hair on fire as we were leaving Dover

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    Can't think of any real lasting effects from school trips, except maybe a trip to see Mel Brooke's Silent Movie in the teachers Big Six Cortina XLE. That might have been the start of a long affair with fast cars.

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    Going to London museums by bus. The Tutankhamun exhibition (1972?), and another museum the year after. I remember more about the bus journey than the museums. On the way there, drinking Pepsi for the first time, listening to and singing a Womble song. In London, having lunch (sandwiches) in Hyde Park beside the Serpentine. As I said, I don't remember much about the museums, but I remember bringing home a big souvenir newspaper of the exhibition. I must have found it somewhere or maybe the school bought it for me. I don't remember. I don't think I would have bought it.

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    At sixteen we went on a two-week trip to London - someone screwed the bookings up and we ended up staying in Kings Cross . . . a bit of a suss area then.

    Luckily we shared the same hotel as a Swedish class from LidkÝping . . . needless to say a good time was had by all . . .

    The night porter/manager was this skinhead rough as guts guy who also rented out rooms by the hour and once beat up a Punk because he sat on the hotel stairs.

    Three of us missed our flight back as we were in a semi-comatose situation with Meg, Ana and another Swedish girl I can't remember the name of.

    Ah, the memories

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    Went on a school trip to the city concert hall to listen to a philharmonic orchestra. Bloody boring. Even my mate who's dad was in the orchestra said it was boring.

    The only other trip I remember was to RAF Valley in Angelsey, North Wales. A long, arduous and boring trip by bus going through places and along roads I'd traveled often with my mum on days out and holidays.

    Somewhere on route there was a helluva commotion and everyone darted to one side of the bus to peer out the windows. I was intrigued and looked out the window too wondering what the fuss was about when someone shouted 'There's another one over there!'. Someone else shouted 'Bloody 'ell, there's more of them, there's a whole field of the buggers!'. Thinking about it now, it was a though someone had spotted a sasquatch.
    I returned to my seat on the other side of the bus thinking 'Crikey, haven't they seen cows before?'

    We reached RAF Valley and had an RAF Recruitment Officer show us around the base.
    We all got to look into the cockpits of various jets, observed mechanics maintaining engine parts, saw slide shows etc.
    When it was time to leave the Recruitment Officer thanked us for visiting and hoped to see some of us in the not-too-distant-future when we left school. He asked us if we had any questions about our visit.

    There was a deafening silence.

    I was trying to think of a question about my fave plane at the time, the Harrier Jump Jet. I remembered hearing about it being very prone to accidents but wanted to ask something related to the engine. My mind was blank.
    The silence was soon broken however by someone pointing to a patch of grass close to the car park asking 'Whose dog is that?'.

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    Went to Wembley Stadium (the old one in London) as a Junior schoolkid, to watch some U-21's international game. Got lost after the game and had to be rescued from a "lost children" depot by a frantic teacher about 3 hours later.
    I have always been directionally-challenged, can't find my way out of a cardboard box, tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil View Post
    Trip to a brewery where we all got pissed in the sampling room
    On our school trip to Soviet Union we went on a "Russian" cruise ship. We had money the crew had a bar!

    Result: One completely pissed 15-year old walking around on deck at about 10:30pm completely pissed and in his underwear. On being challenged by a teacher seeking solitude. "Baker you can walk around on deck in your underpants" So Baker took them off.

    Crew bar then off limits to juveniles. But each cabin had a water carafe which became a vodka carafe. To pass inspection.

    Other result? I cannot drink rum and coke! and very rarely drink spirits/liquor.

    On the same trip in Moscow

    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui View Post
    What no teachers tales of school trips involving the sexual awakening of students?
    One student, Fisher, was approached by a guy who offered to let Fisher sleep with his "sister" if Fisher would give the guy his jeans. No I don't know?
    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
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    We used to take a bus when going to away football games. The coaches sat up front and the team took what was left. The good part was the cheer leaders also rode in the same bus. I was always disappointed there weren't more "away games."

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    The funniest one was on another school bus trip when we were all sitting up the back of the bus. Stopped at a toll gate for ages all tired wanting to go home and traffic jam as well. A few guys decided to drop their pants and moon at the cars behind.

    Turned out there was a small bus driving old folks back to their home. Suspended for three days. The lovely old dears coming back from a bingo afternoon were near a heart attack after that. Good old days.

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