On the 3rd and 4th of February 2013, a group of twenty 5th year girls accompanied by Ms Lewis and Ms Chambers, went on a whirlwind 41-hour trip to London. It was an educational trip, from both a literary and social perspective which began at 5:30AM in Cork Airport. Day 1 was jam-packed with activities from an interactive tour of BBC studios, where some girls met actor and screenwriter Mark Gatiss, to a Shakespearian walking tour of the city at sunset. We were happy to relax at dinner, but I’m not sure the restaurant staff felt the same when we requested a “table for 22”.
The first night we watched A Place in the Sun at the British Film Institute and enjoyed the most comfortable cinema seats ever (Gate Cinema take note!). However, in the words of Aoife Palmer, “London ‘doth murder sleep’” as after 20 hours of sleep deprivation, hysterical laughter turned to hysterical tears on the return tube journey to Paddington and our hostel!
Day 2 began with a tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, where we admired the building and its history, and even took part in some (rather dodgy) acting on the infamous stage. We then had a private acting lesson, which helped us to understand the behaviour and personalities of the characters in Shakespeare’s Macbeth - knowledge which will hopefully come of use in June 2014.
We then went next door to the Tate Modern to admire some art (and play on the slide), before heading to Oxford Street. We had an opportunity to do some shopping and visit the amazing British Museum, before having to get on a bus for the long journey to the airport. As we struggled to get through security and spend the last of our pounds in duty-free, it seemed like the trip was still only just beginning. Despite the state of our poor feet and surviving on Starbucks for two days, it was a great trip and we can’t wait to go back!
By Lia Curtin (5C)
Some quotes from those of the trip:
“From cheesy chat up lines to running to Starbucks, this trip has been unforgettable. With some bumps along the way (literally, people fell over them) to buildings that followed us, we’ve certainly had some laughs. With every step of out now weary feet we made memories that put a smile on all of our faces.” –Michaela Murphy
“I had never been on a school trip before so I didn’t know what to expect, but I loved this trip so much! I don’t really think I have just one highlight, it was incredible.” -Alice Maloney
“This trip was an absolutely amazing experience; it was jam-packed and fun-filled. Would love to do it all over again!” –Rebecca Murphy
“Such a brilliant experience, would love to do it all again (if we had more time). So happy I came! #sangiesinvadelondon2013 woohoo!” –Laura Dyson
“An unforgettable trip. I got to see the places I’ve always wanted to see and learned amazing things with incredible people. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.” –Sinead Dunne
“I got the unbelievable chance to meet someone whom I have incredible respect for (both themselves and their work). I figured out what I want to do after school.”