Back to normal after World School trip

JO MOIR
Last updated 05:00 10/11/2012

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Coming back to school is a bit of a snooze for three New Plymouth teenagers who have spent 15 days at the World School in America.

New Plymouth Boys' High School 15-year-olds Theo Betteridge, James O'Donovan and Thomas Fletcher returned on Monday from Tennessee where they stayed at the Lincoln Memorial University.

Three students, each from 21 different countries around the world, attend the annual event and New Plymouth Boys' High School has been the chosen school representing the country for 15 years.

"After being over there and doing and seeing so much it's a bit boring coming back to normal school," Thomas said.

Usually senior language students get the opportunity to go but because of date changes and the trip falling too close to exams this year it was opened up to year 10s.

The programme involved debates, presentations and a cultural performance where the boys chose to do a haka.

There was also a weekend spent in Washington DC where the students stayed with host families.

All three boys agreed the highlight was meeting a range of people and discussing differences in accents, humour and language.

The hotel the students and their teacher, Shirley Rowe, stayed at in Washington was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy just two days after they left.

"We didn't notice too much while we were there. It just got quite cold in the couple of days before we left," Theo said.

The concept behind the World School is bringing future leaders from around the globe together to discuss issues.

Housing and volunteering were the themes this year.

"It was all about learning confidence, communication and social skills," Thomas said.

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