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Social Studies dept. planning trip to New Zealand and Australia next spring

Posted: June 7, 2011

The Social Studies department is offering a tremendous opportunity to visit the land down under.

The department is planning on taking students on a trip to New Zealand and Australia over spring break of 2012. This twelve day trip is open to all students (grades 9-12), faculty and staff of Bethlehem Central High. The cost will be approximately $4,300. Fly to Auckland, New Zealand having crossed the International Date Line. At Rotorua, students will experience the geothermal activity of the many hot springs. They will learn about Maori culture on a visit to a Maori village. Travelers will partake in a traditional Hangi dinner and be entertained with music and dance of the culture. Students will also take a duck boat to view the area and a skyline Gondola ride to see the many sites. Perhaps, one will reconsider a future occupation after learning the art of sheep- shearing.

The group will go on to tour the city of Auckland. Next we jet off to Sydney, Australia host of the 2000 Olympic Games. Our visit includes going to the Sydney tower, the second tallest building south of the equator. We see the skyline from a different angle on our boat tour of the Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House. Our stops at Bondi Beach will get us close to Koalas and kangaroos at the Sydney Wildlife World and the historic Rocks district will bring back to colonial neighborhoods of the 1700s. We fly from Sydney to Cairns. The highlight of this stop will be The Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world. Students can swim, snorkel or take a glass-bottom boat ride to see nature's largest living organism. This and many more exciting experiences will be had on this once in a life-time trip.

Any questions or for more information, please contact Marsha-Buanno-Mackey, buanmhs@bcsd.neric.org or David Lewis lewidhs@bcsd.neric.org, or call the high school at 439-4921 ext. 25118.