In the early hours of Thursday, 23rd April, the class of 2015 met at Adelaide Airport to depart for Sydney. Many of the students were flying interstate for the very first time!
Arriving in a Sydney downpour, we waited patiently for our luggage and then for the multitude of taxis to take us to the youth hostel. Unfortunately, due to the extreme weather conditions in Sydney, we were told that we would only be spending Monday at Avondale College. After settling into our rooms we walked to the IMAX Theatre in Darling Harbour to see The Avengers: Age of Ultron in 3D. We then separated for dinner in Darling Harbour.
On Friday, Shrishti, MrMattner and Miss Ludlow attended the ANZAC dawn service in the city centre. The rest of us enjoyed a sleep in, ready for a day in Manly. The ferry showed us the picturesque cityscape including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Manly Beach was an enjoyable popular tourist spot with boutiques lining the esplanade.
On Saturday, we caught the ferry to Taronga Zoo where a cable car took us to the grand entrance. Amy especially loved the giraffes, while the others enjoyed the sea lions and the bird show. On our way back to Sydney for dinner, we stopped at the Sydney Opera House for group photos.
On Sunday, students and staff walked to the Powerhouse Museum where we viewed history’s progression in fashion, technology and the environment, but we were all more excited to go shopping that afternoon. The girls enjoyed shopping at Michael Kors, Kate Spade and Victoria’s Secret, while the guys opted to eat instead.
Finally, we embarked on our trip to Avondale College at 6am. Warmly welcomed by the smell of Weet-Bix we then enjoyed a worship taken by one of the Theology students. We had a small taste of the Avondale experience through a series of informative lectures. ‘Festival of Faith’ fed our spiritual hunger with a special message from Tim Gillespie.
Tuesday morning we packed our bags and left for Sydney Airport. We arrived safely at Adelaide Airport that afternoon and were very happy to see our families again.