The antimatter factory: visit to CERN, Geneva

Last week 16 students and one parent took part in the trip to visit the Large Hadron Collider, CERN Geneva. Here is what Mrs Pullin, as a parent, had to say:

“It was a fantastic trip, the CERN Exhibitions were out of this world, and for the students to have the oppor-tunity to meet a former Fulneck student, Rob Bainbridge, who was drawing on his education in his current role searching for dark matter was proof that a good education is well worth the effort.

The students were excellent ambassadors for the school; they were engaged and a pleasure to be around during a really full schedule.
As a parent, I have often been envious of the trips that my children have been on, and to be able to experience CERN, The Red Cross Museum and a treasure hunt of Geneva, with the added bonus of three expert tour guides, Dr Neuberg, Prof Neuberg and Mr Harrison, to answer further questions and point out additional details I would have otherwise missed made the experience first class.

The preparation work and planning that had gone on be-hind the scenes arranging travel, visas, accommodation, meals, DBS clearances, etc, and the group’s entry to the exhibitions themselves, was evident. The trip was a marvellous experience for me, and the odd occasion I was required to be an extra adult, whilst an unanticipated occurrence was being dealt with by the staff, who were on constant duty, was minimal.

It involved my general availability, and standing by the bags; the students were well travelled and knew the routines. The trip was a fantastic success, with everything running smoothly, including the arrangement of our own personal trams, although I understand the budget ran out before the sunshine could be booked on the very last afternoon! I hope other parents are able to take advantage and are inspired to take up future opportunities."


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