Not Even the Rain...
The threat of rain was imminent but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the Officer and Narre Warren South students as they headed towards the city in a very cosy train carriage. The destination… the Polly Woodside docked near the convention centre.
Sounds of excitement filled the air as the students greeted each other and as we progressed down the line, more and more people filled our cabin. The students, even though feeling the lack of personal space, did extremely well with the situation and somehow we all got to our destination without much of a dint to ourselves.
After a little stroll down to the convention centre, we enjoyed a very long break that included snack and lunch together. A visit from a family of swans became the main attraction as we waited patiently to enter our venue. Some of the students even gave the little cygnets a name! Eventually, we got in and it was an eye-opener as the students learnt about what life would have been like on a tall ship, especially with inclement weather!
Many students had a marvellous time learning about the names of certain parts of the ship, ringing the bell and what the role of various crew members would be. The most talked about section was the little room that all the ship crew used but only one crew member was in charge of cleaning. All in all, the students learned a lot and were eager to get back to their safe and comfortable homes for the afternoon.
Thanks goes to the Officer students and staff that joined us on our adventure and all those that helped in the running of the excursion. I am sure that many had a great variety of stories that were told when they got home that evening.
Mr Andrew Waldrip
Year 5 Teacher
If someone asked me, would you like to go on a trip on the Polly Woodside, I would say “No!”. Like me, a sailor? Where did that idea come from? I don’t wanna spend the rest of my day down in a dirty old broken ship. If you went on Polly Woodside and really want to go on a cruise, just saying, pick another boat, no offence. If any of you parents have a job, I’m so glad they didn’t pick this one cause if they did, they have 96% chance of getting killed. So do you really want to go on the Polly Woodside? And don’t even get me started on the toilets. Korje
I would hate to be a sailor on Polly Woodside because the food is horrible! The reason is the cook has no taste in food, the food is plain and there are so much rats and maggots in the food, which gives you diseases. Another thing that I hate is the dangerous chores! Yes, there are chores on the ship like scrubbing the deck and ringing the bell and they’re not really dangerous. But there is one job that is really dangerous that most off the sailors would died from; putting the mast up. I say that because you can possible slip and die! Those are some of the reasons why you shouldn’t be a sailor. Maaseiah
Why would I ever be a sailor! Vomiting over board in my bed, just no way. I’m going to be a sailor, never. I’ll never scrub decks and eat food with rat poo in it. I will almost die tying up the mast and falling off. You can die by a big wave hitting your ship. I bet you, you will cry. Jacob
Who would want to be a sailor? I don’t want to be a sailor because you could get sick or get a cold, fall off the ship and die, get sea sick and vomit ion the ship, get whipped if you do something wrong or have to work hard. You don’t get to shower that much, there’s no light, it’s too dark. They have to eat gross food, they share beds and lay next to someone’s stinky feet, sharing the same toilet all the time and using the same rope to wipe your bum on. Talulah
Rocking, rocking the whole trip and doing work is life on Polly Woodside. Horrible food and lots of people getting sea sick is life on Polly Woodside. Thunderstorms, stranded on islands, tricky and stinky jobs is life on Polly Woodside. Diseases, rats, insects and poo is life on Polly Woodside. That’s why I’d hate to be a sailor on Polly Woodside. Matteo