Time flies by so fast that things that seem so far away at one point are now past event.
My girls school from year three have one residential trip per year. We have all being looking forward to these. Many things that we have to do are as new to me as they are for the girls. School trips are something that always excite me, more so for overnight school trips. Kids will have loads of fun bonding with mates, learn and build trust with other people different from their parents.
When Yeye first went to an overnight school trip, 2 days and a night. The school was awesome in providing detailed information on activities. She and her friends had fun.
Year after, it was 2 nights – the build up over the last three years has been fantastic, each time they were away was a great opportunity to bond with year group, adults around and learn new things.
I did not have this kind of experience growing up, not even in secondary school let alone primary school so it is such a big deal. There are so many reasons why this was not something that is on offer for students in my primary school. Funding is an obvious one but beyond that, is lack of trust.
I had one school trip in my secondary school. It was a trip to Alawode Factory on Famia Road, maybe there was a proper name for this factory but the owner’s name was Alawode. We went there to see people making furniture. What I remember from that trip was walking up the road and vague memory of heavy machines. Nonetheless, it was my very own excursion experience. That said factory now is no more.
My dear Nigeria, upholding positive reputation can only be good for us all.
This year my girls for the first time went on an oversea ski trip with the school mates. We have signed up since last year, we were all excited. All our concerns were addressed by the school.
The school was brilliant, got kids to call every evening (well almost), but we do get pictures of the day’s activities on the school hub so even the day that they didn’t call, one could tell that they were definitely up on the mountain earlier in the day having fun.
I knew I wasn’t going to get all the information about the whole trip in one day so I didn’t even try so was just happy to see them back home.
Valuable lesson of parenting that I have learnt over the past years, If I wanted to learn more about a sleepover or overnight school trip especially the ones that was fun-packed, patient is the key otherwise all I would get is be ‘great’ or ‘fun’.
Takes time but now I know that they both enjoyed every moment of this trip. This is the longest overnight school trip for both. Five nights were just about right for their age. They both said this is the best trip ever because they feel like they bonded well with mates who are in different classes and age group – they were paired together with girls who are in different classes from theirs for sleeping arrangement which I think was fantastic as they learn more about one another and likely to play more together now. They even learned the act of persuasion – getting the only German-speaking girl in the group to translate a TV show – how cool is that?