School outings………….

Do you remember school outings – those day trips that were supposed to be educational but often (mainly due to the attitude of the ‘teacher’ supervising) turned into a giggle fest for the girls or rowdy knockabouts for the boys.  Getting on the bus armed with the ‘info’ sheets full of facts as well as questions to be answered.

I only remember one from my senior school days – a trip to Immingham for the Form 5 girls (girls only school)and have absolutely no idea why we went there.

As she stood on the stage each morning at assembly our head would remind us –  ‘girls, you are the ladies of tomorrow, please behave in a ladylike manner’  Yes she really did speak that way.  Anyway I’m sure she would have had a fit if she’s seen these 17yr old ‘girls’ eyeing up the young seamen/fishermen on the wharves in Immingham on that day in 1959 lol

These students having their photo taken at Ephesus look about the same age as I was (well maybe a touch older)  – will the day they sat on the steps of the Celcus Library stick in their mind?

2014 Ephesus library school

I’m sure they will remember the grandeur of this building better than I can the docks we visited lol

2014 Ephesus library

Now these youngsters are much younger than I was at that time but I wonder if they will remember the day they sat on the rocky ground amongst the buildings and the crowds on the Acropolis in Athens?

2014 Acropolis hill school

They were there with what looked like a teacher and possible a mother sitting close to the Erechtheum and not too far from the people filing in through the Propylaea.  Most looked tired, some of the boys definitely had a bored look about them except for the boy at the front who kept looking around as if he was trying to take it all in.

The ErechtheumThe Propylaia

It is right on their doorstep and if they visit again as adults I wonder if it will feel the same as when they came on the school outing with their teacher??

How about you –
what memories do you have of school day trips educational or otherwise?

11 Replies to “School outings………….”

  1. I remember trips to parks and such, nothing grand or far away. Mostly, I remember goofing around (the girls w/the boys)


  2. We had lots of day trips with my school, when I was in the Juniors. We went to Beaconscot Model Village in Beaconsfield and also to Heathrow Airport, which was great fun. Later on when I was working in an Infants School, we had a day trip every year. The one I remember most vividly was when we (I) hired six coaches to take the whole school to the zoo. All the staff went along as well and a great time was had by all. One of the children I was watching, fell off the climbing apparatus during a break from animal watching and for a split moment he didn’t move and I thought disaster had struck! Then he stood up, laughing, shook the dust off himself and then proceeded to climb the frame again. My heart was still in my mouth!!!


  3. The only field trip I took as a kid, other than sports events, was a nature walk in fourth grade. Other than that we had a day out for a Future Teachers of America meeting in Durham NC when I was in 10th grade. Oh yes, I am remembering a trip with my Girl Scout troop to the R. J. Reynolds plant in Winston-Salem, where cigarettes were manufactured. A fascinating process. The boys may have been rowdy and the girls giggled, but I was very serious and did neither.

    Most of my field trips were with my kids or those I taught.


  4. I think we were taken to the local electricity generation plant, Yallourn, once. But I don’t really remember. Interesting that the Port of Immingham is the largest by tonnage in the UK. I had never heard of it.


  5. School excursions? Shudder. Many of them were dire. Like all walking a couple of miles to line up (in the sun) to wave when the Queen drove by – several hours later.
    I do hope that there are much more positive memories for those in your photos.


  6. Memories from two school trips. The first was in elementary school and we toured the local agriculture center. I had received a baby chick for Easter so inquired of the tour guide how to keep my chick healthy. I was told to add Clorox to the chicken water. That should have been about a drop to a gallon but I added half Clorox and half water and awakened to a dead baby chick the next morning.

    The second was in high school and we went on a FHA (Future Homemakers of America) field trip. The Navy was in town for some reason that weekend and gorgeous young men were everywhere. Needless to say all of us were captivated. My mother, one of the chaperones, sat outside our door all night with an umbrella at the ready to fend off any drunken sailors. When I was 52 years old and dating Ron (retired Navy) my elderly mother reminded him that she still had an umbrella.


  7. I remember ALL field trips from my student days as there weren’t too many and I had a very dull childhood. As for being the teacher in charge, I did about 12 field trips a year with my Academy students while teaching at the inner city high school. The students all felt those were the best possible learning situations, being in the real world, as it was.


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