Friday, May 18, 2007
Physics Day at Canobie Lake Park
May 18th is Physics Day! Today, all Grade 9 students of Newton South High School, MA had the opportunity to learn & experience physics at Canobie Lake Park in Salem New Hampshire. It was around 50 mins bus ride from the school to the theme park. There were 10 buses altogether with maybe like 20 teachers and 4 parents (including yours truly) acting as chaperones for the students. Everyone looked excited in the sports hall, chattering & kidding around while the teachers took attendance. Mr Van Beever was the man of the day and I have to thank him for allowing me to tag along. Being a first time chaperone, thank goodness I had Ms Okun in my bus. Anyway, the children were very well behaved. We left at around 9am and came back quarter to 2. I know the children would love to be there until the park closes!. Atiqah was in another bus with another parent whom I came to know - Ms Maria de Lourdes Ramos-Heinrick, who is a lovely & friendly lady. Her son, to his dismay :-) is also in the same bus as de Lourdes. One of these days, I hope me and de Lourdes will be able to make it for the tenis games we talked about while we were at the teachers lounge ( besides the free ticket, we were also invited to the teachers lounge! ) and when we were up on the ferris wheel. I would love to start back on the game.. getting rusty on my backstrokes and forehand! Of course there were loads of other fun rides - I told de Lourdes, why torture ourselves! And, she agreed. The place is more like the theme park in Genting Highlands. Tapi, rasa2 nyer kat Genting lagiii best!! - in terms of the rides. But what I like about Canobie is, its charming setting amidst the forest and the scenic Canobie Lake. The place has been around since the early 1900's - changing hands a number of times. I love how they manage to preserve the trees, the foliage and maintain a crystal clear lake. It would be much better however, if the weather was in our favor but, the children didn't mind it at all. There were also other students and teachers from schools in New Hampshire and the surrounding areas. Like the NSHS students they were also taking notes & answering their worksheets before getting up on the rides. I think they were just simple questions though, - the main idea is ... physics = FUN !