A few weeks have passed since our Year 8’s trip to Eastbourne on England’s South coast but the positive effects can still be felt across the four classes and even across the entire Alexander-Puschkin-School.
Despite the long journey by bus and ferry, all students were in high spirits and even giving their teachers a free concert on the bus by the time we reached our destination of the Langney Shopping Centre in Eastbourne.
After the excitement of meeting and greeting their host families and going to spend the following four nights at their homes had gone, our students were guided through a variety of interesting activities, based around sightseeing, practicing their English and finding out new aspects of a different culture. These included a tour of Eastbourne and the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head, a day trip to London with some hours to be spent without their teachers and a common ride on the London Eye where some could overcome their fear of heights. A lovely day in the vibrant and colourful city of Brighton, visiting the Royal Pavilions, strolling around The Lanes and of course buying some souvenirs completed the agenda.
All in all, it was clear that our students came away with plenty of new experiences, more confidence and a stronger sense of community, something we are now seeing back in our classrooms.