This afternoon I finished my marking and reports, then set my out of office reply in preparation for heading off on a study tour to Italy next week.
Two colleagues and I are accompanying 14 students from Year 10 and 11 on this exciting opportunity. There is much excitement, and I think – to be honest – a few nerves as well!
I have had many conversations with the three delightful girls from my Year 11 class who will be going on the trip, and while at first I found some of their questions a little strange, it did force me to cast my mind back to when I was their age and preparing to embark on a two month exchange.
The excited anticipation, coupled with the anxiety of being so far away from home and family and in a country in whose language they are not yet fluent, makes for a mixture of emotions.
But they will learn quickly. They will experience things, sights, foods, and people they have never encountered before. They will learn from and with each other. They will forge close friendships.
It will be something that sticks with them for a life time.
And so I look forward to seeing their excitement and wonder in many of the same places that I displayed the same emotions nine years ago. You can follow our adventures and their reactions and reflections on their blog: http://cardijncollegeinitalia.wordpress.com