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HL 3B und HL 3C: Reise nach Oxford

Von Montag, dem 23. 4. 2012, bis Montag, dem 30. 4. 2012, verbrachten die Schüler/innen der Klassen 3B und 3C der HLW Tulln mit ihren Klassenvorständen Mag. Ingrid Neugschwendtner und Mag. Victoria Stummer eine Woche in Oxford.

Nach der Ankunft in London wurden wir und unsere Lehrerinnen von einem Bus abgeholt und in die Schule gebracht. Von dort fuhren uns typische britische Taxis zu unseren Gastfamilien, wo wir immer zu Zweit untergebracht waren. Wir hatten von Dienstag bis Freitag Unterricht in einem College für Sprachschüler. Wir wurden in drei Gruppen eingeteilt und mit viel Spiel und Spaß unterrichtet. Am Dienstag im Anschluss an den Unterricht ging es zu einer Stadtrundführung, bei der uns viele interessante Gebäude gezeigt wurden. Danach waren wir Bootfahren, wo wir einen Lotsen hatten, der das Boot geschickt mit einer Eisenstange bewegte. Einige von uns haben das sogar probiert, und stellten fest, dass das ganz und gar nicht einfach war. Am Mittwoch besichtigten wir das Christchurch College, wo uns der Führer einige interessante Dinge erzählte, wie zum Beispiel, dass hier Alice im Wunderland entstanden ist. Am Abend waren beide Klassen und die Klassenvorstände mit ihrer Reiseleiterin bowlen. Tags darauf fuhren wir zu Bicester Village, wo es sehr viele Markengeschäfte gab. Am Freitag hatten wir Schüler/innen bereits nach der Schule Freizeit. Abends trafen wir uns bei einem BBQ in der Schule wieder. Wir aßen, tanzten und unterhielten uns mit verschiedenen Spielen. Den ganzen Samstag verbrachten wir in London, erlebten den Dungeon und eine Sightseeingtour und anschließend sahen wir das Musical „Chicago“. Danach hatten wir noch ein bisschen Zeit uns umzusehen. Mit einem Bus ging es zurück zu unseren Gastfamilien. Am Sonntag ging es nach Stratford und in das Warwick Schloss. In Stratford sahen beide Klassen das Geburtshaus von Shakespeare. Im Warwick Castle sahen wir das britische Leben mit Wachsfiguren dargestellt. Nach der Führung durften wir uns selber noch ein bisschen umschauen. Wieder bei der Gastfamilie angekommen, packten wir unsere Koffer, denn am nächsten Tag kam das Taxi und brachte uns zur Schule, wo wir unsere Koffer ablieferten. Danach hatten wir noch ein wenig Zeit zum Bummeln. Anschließend ging es mit dem Bus zum Flughafen, dort hatten wir auch noch genügend Freizeit. Um ca. 17.00 Uhr startete das Flugzeug in Richtung Heimat. Wie waren alle sehr froh wieder zuhause zu sein, erinnern uns aber an eine wunderschöne Woche in Oxford.

Our trip to Oxford

We, the HL 3B and the HL 3C, started our trip to Oxford on Monday, 23th April, together with our two teachers Mag. Neugschwendtner and Mag. Stummer. In Oxford we all lived at host families and we also had to go to school there. The whole week was an interesting and great experience and I’m sure that nobody will ever forget that.

Day 1
Our journey together started at 1:45 p.m. at the airport in Vienna and two hours later all of us sat on the plane to Oxford. When we arrived at Gatwick airport in London our coach was already waiting for us to bring us to Kaplan International College, our school for the upcoming week in Oxford. Finally there, we filled out registration forms and then we were picked up by typical black British taxis to get to our host families. This was a very exhausting day and so all of us were glad to finally go to bed in our new homes for the week.

Day 2
This was our first day of school and it started at 8:30 a.m. Before lessons could start all of us had to find their way to school. This was the very first occasion when our knowledge in English was put to the test and all of us did just fine. After school we had lunch to get enough energy for our walking sightseeing tour through Oxford. We all enjoyed the stories our guide told us about the city and then we went punting. Punting is something very typical in Oxford, although the distinct feeling of being in Venice also crept up on us. When punting you sit in a boat and someone standing in the back pushes the boat with a stick. It really is not that easy, as the ones of us who tried can confirm.

Day 3
Our lessons at school started to be quite busy after the first day of getting to know each other and doing an assessment test. We spoke about live stages, made marketing interviews, developed our own business ideas, played language games, and learned about British music. The only rule we all had to stick to was – NO German. If someone still used their mother tongue, the teachers had punishments like singing in front of the whole class for us.
After school we saw Christ Church College. This is the biggest college in Oxford and it inspired not only Lewis Carroll to write Alice in Wonderland, but also J.K. Rowling to create the magical school in her Harry Potter novels. Proof of that can be still found in the college. Not only does it look like you have just entered Hogwarts, but also the dining hall was used to shot the great hall for the Harry Potter movies there. In said dining hall you can also find one of Alice’s friends – the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland is right there in one of the windows.
Our evening programme was great fun for everybody, as we all went bowling. Not only we students had a nice time there, but also our teachers from the HLW and our activity leader from Oxford tried their hand in the game.

Day 4
The plan for this day was to visit Bicester Village after school. This is a very big and famous designer outlet where even Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is said to shop. After three hours of shopping we all drove home to spend the evening with our host families.

Day 5
As Friday was our last day in Oxford we had some free time after school. Most of us went shopping to buy souvenirs and one of the almost obligatory Oxford University sweaters. In the evening we all met at school again to have a barbeque together. We ate a lot, played games and enjoyed our last evening at Kaplan College.

Day 6
Saturday was the day we were finally going to London. We all looked forward to this trip and our first stop was the London Dungeon. After being scared to the bone for almost 2 hours we did a walking sightseeing tour. This was our chance to see the world-famous landmarks in London that we had heard so much about, accompanied by a nice taste of English weather. Let’s just say that not all of us stayed dry. The tour ended in Leicester Square where we all entered Garrick Theatre to see the musical Chicago. It was a fun and really good show that everybody enjoyed. After that we were allowed to explore London by ourselves for a short time before we all boarded the coach heading back to Oxford again.

Day 7
On this day we visited the hometown of the bard. Stratford-upon-Avon is an idyllic and beautiful old town where you can find Shakespeare everywhere. After visiting his birth house, the school we went to and the church where he was buried, we drove on the see Warwick Castle. We all enjoyed the castle immensely and got a taste of what it used to be like to live in one of those castles in medieval times.

Day 8
The day had come when we all had so say goodbye to our host families, Oxford, and Great Britain in general. In the morning we still had some time for last minute souvenir shopping before we entered the coach and started our journey back home.

We will never forget the interesting, existing and fun week we had in Oxford. This clearly was trip to remember.

Jenny Heinrich, HL 3C