Pupils from the BGS Boys' Junior School and BGS Girls' Junior School visited Noordwijk over the Easter break.
See below a diary from the trip.
At 4pm, 38 highly excited children and five ‘intrepid’ members of staff set off from Bridge Road on course for Noordwijk, via Hull and Rotterdam. This was many children’s first time on the ferry and it was good to see that things got off to a positive start, with the children enjoying a fine selection from the ship’s menu before settling down for the night and trying to get some sleep in their cabins.
After breakfast on the ferry (and a decidedly long wait to get through passport control!), we finally set off to our first destination – Noordwijk Hockey Club. Here the boys and girls split into their respective football and hockey groups and took part in a training session, utilising the impressive facilities that were on offer.
Once finished, we headed for the hotel Ann Zee and were able to settle into our rooms before returning to Noordwijk HC for the first of our hockey fixtures. With boys and girls keen to be involved, the substitutes were rotated on a regular basis, as everyone gained some pitch time. Despite the loss, the game was a fantastic learning experience for the pupils, with Oliver Huddleston gaining plaudits from the home team’s coach for his impressive goalkeeping skills.
The following day found the group enjoying a day round Amsterdam as they experienced a canal cruise of the city, learning many interesting facts along the way, whilst also paying a visit to the impressive NEMO Science Museum. The museum is a spectacular hands-on experience and many of the children would have liked to have spent even longer exploring the displays and interactive sessions.
The evening saw the next round of fixtures at De Kikkers Hockey and Football Club with the hockey team taking part in a four-team mini tournament, whilst the footballers did us proud and won their fixture in style with a 5-2 victory over their Dutch counterparts.
The final morning of the trip conveniently coincided with the best weather of the tour and allowed the boys and girls to spend some time on the beach before heading off to the home of Ajax FC – the Amsterdam Arena.
The tour took us (literally!) to the top of the stands and into the dressing rooms and media area as the children were granted almost total free access to all areas of the stadium. A quick visit to the shop, where everyone was complimented on their beautiful behaviour, allowed the children to buy some mementos of their trip, before we headed off for a ten-pin bowling session back in the centre of Amsterdam.
Unfortunately, it was then time to start the trek home and we set off for Rotterdam and the ferry home.
So smooth was the journey back that we actually landed back at BGS a full half an hour before our scheduled time, rounding off a truly memorable trip for everyone. I would like to thank the pupils for representing the school in such a fine fashion, proving themselves to be reliable ambassadors for the BGS name, gaining a stream of compliments throughout our trip. Finally, a big thank you to Mrs Howard, Miss Hall, Miss Bird and Mrs Anderson who helped provide such a wonderful experience for the pupils – time to plan next year’s journey!