On Tuesday 30th October, 7A went on an excursion to the Metro tunnel. Throughout the excursion, we learnt more about the careers associated with this major project. Our arrival and departure from the excursion gave us a thrill, as our transportation to most of our excursions have been school buses, however, going on public transport was like venturing out into unknown territory.
When we finally managed to get to the city, (without losing limbs or people), we walked to the building where we would be learning about the metro project. When we met our team leaders, we were greeted by delicious muffins, which we happily accepted. We received drawstring bags with a booklet, water bottle and a pen. We were also given bands and little pamphlets so that we would know what group we were allocated to, 7A belonged to the red group. We then all went into the theatrette and waited for the other schools to arrive. Once the other schools came, a lady came up the front and started telling us about the metro tunnel project and the different jobs such as civil engineering, architect, finance manager etc that would be needed in completing the project.
After the other schools went with their team leader to their allocated places,(we would rotate with the other schools later on) we stayed and played a job guessing game. There were four people and they all had different jobs, which we were supposed to accurately guess. Our class was told to spread around the theatrette and everyone would need to pass a microphone squishy around to ask questions to the people. Once the questions were finished, we all got stickers with the people’s names on it. We all went up to the poster and put the stickers on the jobs we thought that the people did. We managed to successfully guess two jobs correctly.
We then went down a corridor to a different room to learn more about the different jobs in this field. We all received remotes that looked like old Nokia phones from which we would choose our answer for a random question. The answers would then be automatically put into a bar graph. We then played a game where we all had little cards with two choices eg. money or fun, writing or drawing etc. We had to ask our partner which option they would choose, and vice versa. To record our answers, we got an activity booklet. After that we all got cards with different jobs from different families written on them. Between two people, you had to make a pile for jobs you both wanted, only you wanted, only your partner wanted and a pile for jobs none of you wanted. We then recorded this in our booklets.
Soon after this activity, we had a well deserved lunch break. Everyone then left to find food or tables to sit at. During this period, everyone was busy; looking for food, eating food, walking around to burn calories or taking pictures. This period was filled with fun and laughter but we soon had to end it as lunchtime was over.
After meeting, our team leader took us to the Metro Tunnel Headquarters where our class split into two groups so that one could stay and finish an activity sheet and do Virtual Reality while the other went to see the tunnel dig in the city. The group which stayed did an activity sheet and VR. After finishing the sheet which asked us random questions in which we have learnt the answer throughout the day, we went to have a go at the VR headset. In the VR, we appeared to be on an elevator which was going down to the construction site, where we would see the tunnel being dug, the tunnel is 10 meters long and has a 7 metre diameter. We also had fun playing with a game on the big screen, in that game we had to collect as many hats as possible in a set time without hitting into obstacles, every time we hit into an obstacle we would lose 5 hats. To move to another lane to avoid an obstacle we had to raise our left or right arm.
After we finished and the other group came back our group we went to see the tunnel dig in the city. There were walls with windows from which you could see the tunnel dig which was 10 metres below ( It would become deeper than 40 metres soon). The team leader told us a few things about the dig and then we all went back to the HQ.
Finally, we all went upstairs to play a question and answer game. The winners got chocolates. After we heard this, nearly all of us raised our hands to give an answer. First we had individual questions and then we all got into groups of four or five to play the game. We had two groups that were winners, their scores were both 7. We were further educated on the construction site and soon after this we all walked to the Flinders St station, got into the train and then off at our separate stations.
7A has enjoyed this excursion very much! It gave us more of an idea for possible future paths. It was really fun to be able to explore and learn more about the Metro Tunnel, and we enjoyed being able to hear from those currently working on the magnificent project. The conversation had really given us an insight into what things were being worked on and what it took to work on such a huge project.
Overall, we were really fond of this excursion and found great fun throughout the day. This was a great learning opportunity for the whole class, and we would hope for another excursion like this in the future.
Written by: Hooria and Melat, with a sprinkle of Kim.