Pipworth Pom

Pipworth's own, Mr Chatterton, is currently on his travels 'down under' as he spends the next year in glorious Australia! He has kindly agreed to keep us updated with regular pictures and letters, outlining all of the exciting things that he has been up to.

Sydney

Hi everyone,
It's been another busy month since I last wrote, in this time I have started teaching at a school over here called Northern Bay Wexford which is a similar school to Pipworth (but not as good). I have also had a visit from my mum who has flown out to visit for 3 weeks!
We went on a trip to Sydney which is a different city that we had to fly to. It took an hour on the plane but if we wanted to drive it would have taken us ten hours!! Sydney was a cool place with some very famous landmarks such as the opera house and the harbour bridge! We climbed to the top of the bridge on a tour. This was nearly one hundred and fifty metres tall, it was an amazing view when we reached the top!
We also went to a zoo called Taronga which you could only visit by boat! While in the zoo we met lots of animals and got to feed koalas and giraffes ! I also went face to face with the tiger who kept roaring at us. Luckily it was behind glass!
The weather is really hot out here most of the time which is strange near Christmas. People are putting their trees up over here but it doesn't feel Christmassy!
Hope you're all working hard. Only 3 more weeks to go!
Mr C

A Month Down Under

It's been 5 weeks since we set off on this adventure and time has flown by. We have been in Australia for over 4 weeks now and have been extremely busy working, sight seeing and playing cricket.

We are living in a city called Geelong which is an hour away on the train to Melbourne which is a much bigger city. Luckily, Geelong is a beautiful seaside city as you can see on the pictures. We are living very close to the beach but haven't been able to go in the sea yet as it's too cold! The weather is due to warm up shortly just as it's getting cold in England. Last week we had 2 days where the temperature got above 30 degrees and it was boiling.

I have been very busy with cricket for my new team called The Manifold Heights Sharks. We have been training every Tuesday and Thursday since we arrived and have played 3 league games so far. I am the wicket keeper in the pictures and my shirt is number nine. Sadly, we lost 2 of them when we should have won. In the game we won, I got man of the match for getting 88 runs and 3 wickets. I have been in the local paper quite a lot which led to a really embarrassing photo shoot which you can see. I had to stand in the middle of the field surrounded by flashes and cameras! Luckily I had my hair cut the day before!

As well as playing cricket, we have started working. Sandie has got a job for 'quicksilver' the surf company and I have had 3 different jobs. I worked in a warehouse which was very boring, I have worked as a builder laying wooden floor boards and my current job is teaching aboriginal art in a prison. It is very different to teaching at school but still lots of fun! Hopefully when I'm back we will be able to study the aboriginal tribes and their artwork. Hopefully, next week I will start working in schools again.

So as you can see it's been a busy month playing, working and traveling. Hope you're all working hard at school and it isn't too cold in Sheffield!


I will send more pics in another month.

Mr C 

Hong Kong

On his long journey to Australia, Mr Chatterton had chance to have a brief stop in Hong Kong for a few days. Here's some pictures of his time there: