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Back home... pupils stranded by volcano

PUBLISHED: 17:31 28 April 2010 | UPDATED: 10:30 12 August 2010

RELIEVED students and teachers are glad to be back on English soil after being stranded abroad because of the Icelandic volcano. The 21 geography sixth-form students and three teachers from Bishop Justus School, in Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley, arrived bac

RELIEVED students and teachers are glad to be back on English soil after being stranded abroad because of the Icelandic volcano.

The 21 geography sixth-form students and three teachers from Bishop Justus School, in Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley, arrived back in Edinburgh from Iceland last Tuesday. They then travelled by coach to the borough, completing an 18-hour journey.

Teacher Ruth Ware, who helped organise the trip, said the students were keen to eat "hot vegetables".

She said: "The students all went for a carvery roast dinner, which I thought was very funny. They hadn't had what they called 'hot vegetables' for over a week and I think they had a craving.

"We were booked into a Mexican-style restaurant hotel, doing it on a budget, so I think they got a bit sick of the same food." The group had been on a field trip to Reykjavik and ended up staying an extra four days, but made the most of their delay by going on a whale and volcano-watching boat trip in the Atlantic.

Ms Ware said it had been exciting to see the erupting volcano from a distance. "The students were all asking me if it was a geographer's dream," she said. "It was like 'wow'. It's exciting but when you have responsibility for all these people for a long time you wonder how long it's going to go on for. I was wondering if we were ever going to get back."

But Ms Ware is looking forward to returning to Iceland in 2011.

She added: "It was an outstanding trip overall. We are hoping to go back next year and actually get to finish our itinerary this time.

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