Since we last spoke we spent our day in Ho Chi Minh city exploring the local markets after having a delicious lunch at Phò 2000 that Bill Clinton attended during his presidency. We then went to a street food market that offered a diverse range of options for all of us to choose to have for dinner. After dinner we all headed back to the hostel and had a well deserved rest.
After waking up in Ho Chi Minh we headed back to the markets to practice our bartering skills and score some good purchases. After we were all shopped out, we headed to Starbucks to celebrate Peaty’s birthday whilst overlooking a busy roundabout in the centre of Ho Chi Minh. After a very tiring day, we packed our bags up and headed to the train station to board an 18 hour train journey. We were split into rooms which we nicknamed the ‘cabbage’ to be our home for the 18 hour journey.
We arrived at Da Nang station and travelled by mini van to our accommodation in Hoi An. After settling into our hostel we crossed the street to Cafe 41 for dinner and were spoilt for choice with a large menu and incredible service. Upon waking up in Hoi An we were greeted by the beginning of a monsoon filling the streets with water almost up to our knees in places. The rain didn’t dampen our spirits and we waited for a break in the weather and then ventured out to a lantern making class where we were taught how to make lanterns from scratch. Later that day we had a brief explore of Hoi An’s old town and the lanterns that filled the streets and lit up the shops.
The next day we travelled by mini van to Huê for 4 hours. We searched for accommodation and found everyone’s favourite place to eat the ‘Nook’ which coincidentally had an Australian owner. Waking up in Hue we embarked on a Buddhist history tour including a traditional tea ceremony, a Buddhist pagoda, and a climb to a lady Buddhist monument on top of a hill. Our last stop of the tour was at another Buddhist pagoda where nuns lived and meditated everyday. We were taught meditation techniques and were served a beautiful spread for lunch. We caught another overnight train to Hanoi that lasted 12 hours and we all slept for the majority of it!
Once arriving in Hanoi we settled into our accommodation and had some noodles for lunch. We explored the streets of Hanoi at night, visiting some shops along the way that were open.
The next morning we headed to Mai Châu where we would be doing our trek. We had a delicious lunch and then started our journey to our first homestay. Due to the rainfall in the days prior, the trail was slippery, however we all made it to the homestay with smiles on our faces, and only partially covered in mud. The next day was our first full day trek which was more challenging but the views were outstanding and it felt rewarding making it through the day. Our night was filled with songs around the bonfire and games. Day 3 trekking was easier than the day before as it was more flat walking through the rice fields. We also were able to stop at a waterfall and swim in a little section before trekking the last 15 minutes to the homestay. When we arrived we saw some children playing soccer so some of the team decided to join in and soon the locals joined for a full game of soccer. The next day was our last trekking day and we trekked for about two hours to the bus where we were able to go back to Mai Châu to collect our other bags and have some lunch. Once arriving back in Hanoi we ate some mouthwatering foods and went to a night market where we spent most of the night.
The trip is almost over but we are making the best of the last few days left and we are singing our way to Halong Bay by bus.
Love the Tramily (travelling family)
“Xin Chào! A quick update from the Antipodeans team in Vietnam: Over the past week we have completed our community project building a play surface for primary children in the Mekong Delta. We got the opportunity to sing songs with students and play on their new surface. We have explored Ho Chi Minh City and heading north to Hoi An today.”Read More
Students and staff from Reynella East College attended the White Ribbon Breakfast at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Year 12 student and College captain, Hannah Gapps, displayed incredible leadership as part of the state-wide student forum discussing how we can help ‘Break the Silence’ associated with domestic violence, and help promote Respectful Relationships. Hannah and the other students that attended the breakfast were fantastic ambassadors and proudly represented the College.
At school today students have participated in activities to raise awareness about building respectful relationships and stopping violence against women including ‘wear it white’ and a QR code trail.
As a White Ribbon school we take our commitment to visibly working to build a future free from violence and abuse seriously, and we recognise the important role education plays in the prevention work toward this.
Congratulations to Jamie Phelan (Year 12) who represented Australia at the 2018 Asian Schools Tenpin Bowling Championships in Tiachung, Chinese Taipei. Jamie came away from the tournament with 3 medals, a silver medal as part of the girls 4 person team, a bronze medal in the all event section (best performing individual girl over the 3 disciplines of teams, doubles and singles) and a bronze medal in the girls division of the junior masters.Read More
We’re very excited to be presenting another Fringe event at REC on March 23, at 7pm. Tickets are available at FringeTix, from our Finance Office or at the gate on the night.
We hope you can come along and join in the magic!Read More
REC has been congratulated on becoming an official White Ribbon School! We are one of 48 schools across the state who have decided to support White Ribbon’s campaign to end violence against women. We are proud to be in a position to be influencing generational and community change.
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Hello, my name is Lara Lang, and I am excited to be the new Assistant Principal – Innovations in Science and STEM at REC. For the last 12 years I’ve worked in the Catholic education system in Adelaide and Japan. My interests and passions in science extend to being a regular presenter at STEM conferences, and being active in the non-profit ‘The STEMable Project’, which seeks to increase female participation and success in STEM pathways.
I live in an eco-house made from straw bales, where my two children keep me busy as we explore the world around us.
Quick quiz: What’s the most common element in the Universe?
The first few weeks at REC have been exciting; full of inspiring conversations (with students and staff!) and overwhelmingly positive. I’m looking forward to science hosting an inaugural show as part of Fringe@REC later this term.
If anyone in the Reynella East College community has a background or experience in science, please contact me as I’d love to explore connections – whether it be as a guest speaker, “skype an expert”, judging products, providing real-life challenges to be solved, co-working on a project or mentoring students.
P.S. The answer is Hydrogen.
Our Year 8 students took a step back to Medieval Times today. As an opportunity to bring history to life and to further support transition; the year 8’s were involved in an authentic Byzantine medieval re-enactment of life in the 11th century, and middle ages themed team-building games and activities. A feast of yiros was also enjoyed by many. This inaugural event was an enormous success, with the students and staff well into the spirit of the occasion. Many thanks to the New Varangian Guard for creating an awesome Medieval Village on our oval, and spending the day immersing our students in 11th century history.
Special congratulations to two Year 12 (2017) students who had the esteemed honour of receiving a SACE ‘Merit’ award/s yesterday.
Angelo Abdelmalek received a Merit award for both Chemistry (taught by Mr Linke) and Biology (taught by Mr Khan).
Mitchell Griggs received a Merit award for Physics (taught by Mr Chuah)
The boys, their families and Ms Green attended the Merit Ceremony held at Government House yesterday, to recognise and celebrate their outstanding achievement of earning a place among the top 2% in the State.