In the space of approximately two hours, nine Man O War Primary School students from grades 4, 5 and 6 visited four countries half way around the world, crossing the Equator and the Greenwich Meridian before returning to The Bahamas.
Taking their seats on Man O War Jet Airways, piloted by Captain Kelly Janes (the Principal) they first prepared themselves to travel to Brazil, via Buenos Aires. Air Hostess, Mrs. Burelle Meeks, served them refreshments (water and crackers) to sustain them during the long trip while a video highlighted Brazil’s places of importance to the rythm of Samba.
Upon disembarking they went through immigration where the passports they had made were stamped. A visit to the country brought them to the classroom where poster boards displayed information such as the President of the country, places of interest and culture (carnival). They bought souvenirs (a mask) with the money of the country.
Back in the cafeteria, they resumed their seats on the aircraft, ready to take off for Australia. Again they were treated to a video of Australian landscapes and important features (the Sydney Opera House for one) accompanied by local music. In flight, the pilot informed them of points of interest such as the crossing the Equator and entering the Southern hemisphere.
They landed in Brisbane, where they had previously been in touch at night, through Skype, with a class of fourth graders. In the classroom, one of the students demonstrated his skill at using the Didgeridoo, while the others listened to the information on the board being read to them. They bought boomerangs for souvenirs.
Japan was the next destination. Views of Tokyo, of Japanese food (sushi), of Geishas and Mt Fuji, in a background of oriental music, accompanied them during the trip.
A poster-board was decorated with Japanese slippers that they could buy with their yens. They learnt about the different regions of Japan, the local climates with the various activities of the locals which included snow sculptures, glass blowing and fashion shows.
The last and longest trip brought them to Switzerland, via Moscow. Mountain music and dances accompanied them during the journey. They saw views of the mountains, learnt about the population, the name of the head of state and fauna of the country.
Switzerland, they discovered, was known for its chocolate, watch making and Soccer, one of the national sports. They returned home to The Bahamas from Zurich, after a stop-over in Paris and Atlanta.
The four countries visited were part of grade 6 curriculum. The nine students participating had already studied about them while preparing the poster-boards of information and by communicating live with people living in each country. They had made passports that contained a photo and their personal information; they had sewn purses, slippers, boomerangs and masks out of canvas material; The information on Brazil were recorded on the poster board by Gabrielle Bethel, Nathan Sweeting and Ryan Albury. The Australian board was put together by Aaliyah Roberts, Katie Sands and Noah Albury. Japan’s information was collected by Micah Albury, Erica Roberts and Brittany Weatherford. Grace Albury and Amanda Bethel contributed to the Switzerland board.
Ms. Janes explained that Mrs. Burelle Meeks, the promoter of the imaginary trip idea, had put the students in touch with a former student of hers in Brazil. In Japan, they spoke to a reporter in Tokyo and in Switzerland, they were put in touch with a Man O War resident’s relative. She said that they will make a final report on their flying experience.
Mrs. Shawna Albury was charged with organizing the video production. She obtained her information by contacting the board of tourism of each country.