On the Road... again...

Trip Start Jul 09, 2013
Trip End Jul 28, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, July 18, 2013

So the plan WAS to meet at St. Margaret Mary's School at 7am so the coach wheels could be rolling by 7:30am. We had a VERY long ride on the coach scheduled since we had a lot of ground we needed to cover.

Unfortunately, we had two students who did not pay attention when Beccah reiterated several times the importance of being at the school on time, and as a result, we were not on the road until about 8:45am.

We still felt that students needed a little push (encouragement) to get to know their fellow delegates, so Beccah used their Koala photos as seat markers. Wherever your Koala photo was sitting, that was to be their assigned seat for this next leg of the journey. Most students took advantage of this opportunity to get to know the ones they had not yet had the chance to get to know. They chatted, compared stories, and broke the ice. Apparently, after reading some of their journals, others thought this experience was torturous. For those students, we reminded them that part of the experience was interacting with people you normally would not find yourself interacting with - wether it be peers, adults, or locals. Most of them all understood and made a more conscious effort to reach out to each other.

Overall, we have been happy with how the group has been treating each other. They all seem to be watching out for each other, and when one seems to be left out, they try hard to make that person feel included.

We finally arrived at Mecure Capircorn Resort in Yeppoon just in time to drop our things in our room and head straight to dinner - buffet style. After dinner, we all went out to a grassy area just outside our building for a game. Beccah called it Fruit Salad. Pairs of students were assigned a name of a fruit. Students sat facing their pairs, in a row, with legs extended straight and toes touching their pair. When a pair's fruit name is called, those students get up, hurdle over the sets of legs on the ground until the end of the row, race around the back of the rows, then hurdle over the rest of the legs until they got back to their seats. Point for the row whose person made it back to their seat first. I am sure the students did not understand the point of this activity, because a few of them were mumbling and grumbling as the rule was being explained. But, once the game started, and once the thrill of the competition was up, the smiles and laughter started to fill the air. After being cooped up on the coach for so long, the students really needed the chance to run off some of their pent up energy.

It was good to have JP there, because after our game, we split the group up by gender to have a little discussion with them about appropriate behaviors. Now that they were starting to become comfortable with each other, we wanted to make sure that noone overstepped any invisible boundaries. Overall, it seems that they all responded to our discussion in a positive way. The long coach drive really zapped our energy, and after sending them all up to their rooms, we all went straight to bed.
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