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12 memories from every Irish primary school tour

The highlight of the school year.

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, thousands of kids are currently sick with the excitement of going on their upcoming school tours. We all know the feeling…

1. The levels of excitement were similar to those felt on Christmas Eve

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Once the date and location were announced, everyone was counting down the days. This and sports day were the only thing that kept you going this late in the school year.

2. The destination of the school tour was totally unimportant

It makes you question whether school tour organizers have ever met an actual child in real life.

3. If you were lucky, your mam got you a disposable camera to document the trip

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Some of these photos are probably still floating around your room. The rest are either glitter glued into diaries or feature faces of people you fought with in the following years dramatically tip-exed out.

4. People brought a shocking amount of sweets with them

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I have memories of kids in my class bringing multiple large tubes of Pringles with them. There were also people who made their parents drive to several different supermarkets for junk food. Kids were guaranteed to be sick of junk food by the time they got the bus home.

Kids today probably bring hummus and carrot sticks.

5. The weather was always the same

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It wasn’t cold, but it was always extremely cloudy and miserable out. Rain gear and extra socks were taking up precious space in your bag that you wanted to use for sweets.

6. Getting to wear your school tracksuit or if you were really lucky, you got to wear your own clothes

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So much easier to run around in than an ugly pinafore. The freedom of movement in these clothes made it feel like a day off regardless of whether it was a school tour, sports day or just P.E. day.

7. Praying that you didn’t have to sit with the teacher on the bus

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You probably decided on who your partner for the bus would be just after Christmas, but there was still an underlying fear that they would be sick that day and without backup, you would be forced to sit with the teacher. Do teachers know how much kids hate this?

8. There was always one kid who waited until the bus was well onto the motorway to announce that they needed to pee

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Some of the older teachers used to offer to let them pee outside. This probably wouldn’t go down as well in schools today.

9. Waving at every truck and car around you

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A wave or a beep back made you feel like Bertie Ahern in the photograph above.

10. There was always one person who carried on too much and ended up having to sit with the teacher coming home

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As much as you wanted to laugh at them, you also pitied them. There’s only one school tour a year and they blew it.

11. The one person who always screamed told everyone on the bus when it was passing their house

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OK, you live on a main road. We get it.

12. Those kids who were intent on bringing back a souvenir

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You’re less than an hour away at the National Stud and Japanese Gardens, not in Paris. Some teachers still indulged kids in this, but most were above that kind of nonsense.

 

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