Tuesday, May 8, 2007

GCE PE Study Trip to UK - Day 1 Arrival@ Congleton, Cheshire

On 7th May 2007, 3 teachers left Singapore for Cheshire UK for a 9 day study trip.
They were Mr Sng Yiam Kwee (Sports Secretary-Victoria School), Mr Randell Siow (Subject Head: PE-Victoria School) and Mr Ian Chew (Level Head: PE- Catholic High School)
The aim of the visit was to see how GCE PE was implemented in schools there and how curriculum was planned and assessed.
Victoria School and Catholic High are 2 of 6 schools that will be offering PE as an O-Level subject next year .

Our contact for this trip was Matt Hogan from Eaton Bank High School who visited us in Feb during the UK-TIPD programme (check earlier archives in this blog)

The flight took us 11 hours by plane and another 4 hours by car.Our driver, Paul made excellent time along the highway from London to Astbury, in Congleton, Cheshire. As it was a Bank Holiday (the banks are all closed today), he was worried that traffic would be packed from people returning after the long weekend.

Although it was a long journey, the accomodations that greeted us made it all worth it. My good buddy Matt, had booked rooms for us at the Egerton Arms- a rustic English Inn and pub which overlooked some gorgeous countrysides. Check it out:
This was almost a picture post-card perfect image of a London pub set in the shire.

The rooms were simple and elegant: very tasteful but comfortable decor.

It looks to be an exciting week ahead as we head off tomorrow to Eaton Bank for our first tour of the school.

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